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A study of war, vol. 1 by Quincy Wright

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C. Marshall, TI,e Story of Human Progress (New York, 1928), pp. ; F. W. Blackmar, History of Humalt Society (New York, 1926), pp. ; A. H. Keane, EthlJOlogy (Cambridge, 1916), pp. 160, 195 ff. G. Elliot Smith distinguishes man rather by certain improvements in vision and the co-ordinating centers of the cortex. "Man," he writes, "is the ultimate product of that line of ancestry which was never compelled to turn aside and adopt protective specialization, either of structure or mode of life, which would be fatal to its plasticity and power of further development" (The Evolfltiol~ of Man [Oxford, 1924], p.

131, 216, 338). •6 ORIGIN OF WAR 35 concept of natural man is adequate. 7 To decide, therefore, whether war was spontaneously practiced by human groups everywhere or was borrowed from one or a few societies, it is necessary to study the evidence from many groups. In order to do that, it is necessary to consider in what sense war is meant. If by war is meant the use of firearms to promote the policy of a group, it must be admitted that the contemporary primitive peoples borrowed warfare from people of modem civilization.

SCOPE AND ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY II cede and follow them. International lawyers have attempted to elaborate precise criteria for determining the moment at which a war begins and ends,s but they have not been entirely successful, and, furthermore, they have been obliged to acknowledge the occurrence of interventions, aggressions, reprisals, defensive expeditions, sanctions, armed neutralities, insurrections, rebellions, mob violence, piracy, and banditry lying somewhere between war and peace as those terms are popularly understood.

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