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Wars and Violence Through the Centuries

  • Mathias BösEmail author
  • Hinrich Rosenbrock
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

This article discusses the complicated associations between war, violence, and wellbeing; this is done through examples from history, with special attention given to the period from 1000 CE to the present. War and violence have had both negative and positive effects on wellbeing. These effects are often highly differentiated between groups in society and consequences differ between different groups (Sorokin’s “principle of diversification”). The distribution of positive and negative effects of war is related to the group’s position within the conflict system. The complex interplay of violence, war, and wellbeing is reflected in some general historical trends, such as the changing trajectories of state formation, colonization, and the monopolization and sometimes de-monopolization of power and the means of violence.

Keywords

War Violence Wellbeing History Principle of diversification Positive and negative effects of war 

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  1. 1.Institute for SociologyLeibniz University HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of SociologyPhilipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany

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