Thinking with violence

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This article addresses the assumptions that have underpinned historical writing about violence. It identifies a growing disconnect between mainstream historical practice and a new form of “comfort history” written for a popular audience largely by nonhistorians. It explores the reasons for this disconnect by looking at history’s engagement with four other disciplines: psychology, historical sociology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology. It concludes by showing what the possibilities are for a more open dialogue between historians and social scientists and scientists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalHistory and theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2017

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  • Anthropology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Historical sociology
  • Politics
  • Social relations
  • Violence

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