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The Fates of Nations, A Biological Theory of History

Colinvaux, Paul A.

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ISBN 10: 0671252046 / ISBN 13: 9780671252045
Published by Simon and Schuster, U.S.A., 1980
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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383 pages; one quarter orange cloth over grey paper covered boards; gilt spine titles, title blindstamped to front board; grey endpapers; silhouettes in shades of orange to dust jacket front panel, not price-clipped; minimal wear to boards, with one small surface mark to spine near title; remainder mark to lower edge near spine; very light wear to jacket at head & tail of spine, few light marks; a very good plus copy in like jacket; apparently unread example of this theory of human history and the rise and fall of groups due, according to the author, to changing habits and breeding. Bookseller Inventory # X00685

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Title: The Fates of Nations, A Biological Theory of...

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Edition: 1st Edition

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In the last few thousand years, humans have so increased in population that we have almost overrun the earth. We have drastically changed our style of living - from humble hunters to civilized humans. And we have watched history repeat itself as one emergent people after another has expanded against its neighbors and lived on in splendor and freedom until it, too, slid away into ignominious eclipse. Paul Colinvaux, Professor of Zoology at Ohio State University and the author of the widely acclaimed Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare, brilliantly argues here that these changes in number and life-style do not come from victory in battle. They come from success at breeding. In fact, Professor Colinvaux shows that the fates of whole peoples may be explained if we understand how they breed and change their habits over time. With its publication, The Fates of Nations joins the ranks of those revolutionary books - such as E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology and Desmond Morris's The Naked Ape - that have shown us new and exciting ways to understand human history. As Justin Blackwelder, President of the Environmental Fund, said of it, "It is not often that a book can be both important and immensely readable". Moreover, it is an elegant book, one that demystifies some of the cataclysmic episodes of our past - from the battles of Alexander the Great to the invasions of Genghis Khan to modern territorial shifts in Europe. And from there, it shows us how we can look into our own future, tremulously perhaps, but with some conviction, at the sorts of things that are likely to happen to all mankind in the next few centuries.

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