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Ethnic Conflict and Indoctrination

Altruism and Identity in Evolutionary Perspectives

Edited by Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt and Frank K. Salter

512 pages, 24 halftones, 2 maps, 38 tables

ISBN  978-1-57181-766-2 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (2001)


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"... this book is interesting and ... is very helpful in understanding all of the socioeconomic and political mechanisms operating in human societies ... I have learned much from this book and have realized that there is a lot of room for me to learn about cultural ethology."  · American Anthropologist

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Violent ethno-nationalist conflicts continue to mar the history of the current century, yet no satisfactory answer to the question of why humans are susceptible to indoctrination by ideologies that lead to inter-group hostility has so far been found. In this volume an international team of leading scientists from many different fields approach this complex issue from a biological perspective, treating indoctrinability as a predisposition that has its roots in humanity's evolutionary past.

Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt is Professor Emeritus at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology and Senior Fellow of the Center for Human Sciences, University of Munich. He is the author of innumerable scholarly papers and monographs, including the groundbreaking Love and Hate and Human Ethology.

Frank K. Salter is a Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology and the Center for Human Sciences, University of Munich.

Subject: 20th Century History