A study of war, vol. 1 by Quincy Wright

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E. Spaulding, H. Nickerson, J. W. Wright, Warfare (London, 1924); C. ; London, 1924); Letourneau, op. ; see below, chap. vii. U ,. Printing, it has been claimed, "is the medium which turned the darkness of the middle ages into light; which secured to posterity the intellectual achievements of the past; and which furnished to civilization a means of recording all future progress" R. ]). Its importance in creating a world-civilization is emphasized by Marshall, op. , p. 179, James Westfall a· ORIGIN OF WAR 33 the world have been brought within the orbit of continuous worldcontact through printed communication.

This theory is supported by the extreme "difiusionist" or "historical" school of anthropology represented by W. H. R. Rivers14 and G. Elliot Smith'S and has been most elaborated by W. J. '6 These writers contend that war was invented in predynastic Egypt, along with agriculture, social classes, and human sacrifice. This "archaic" civilization was difiused by widespread travels of the Egyptians during the pyramid-building age. The nomadic barbarians on the outskirts of this civilization learned war from it and developed war methods in attacks upon its centers.

To make study possible, however, it is necessary to abstract from this total reality the fields which seem most profitable to cultivate at the moment. This can be done, first, by drawing boundaries to delimit blocks of time and space which are sufficiently isolated so that, without unreasonable negligence, attention can be confined to circumstances within each. This process constitutes the writing of history. Second, the total situation may be analyzed within these blocks so as to identify the factors and to describe the interactions which produce the oscillations of war and peace.

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