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Warfare and the Evolution of the State: A Reconsideration

David Webster
American Antiquity
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct., 1975), pp. 464-470
DOI: 10.2307/279334
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279334
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Warfare is seen as an adaptive ecological choice under conditions of population growth and resource limitation. Its major significance in the formation of the state lay in its ability to negate evolutionary constraints inherent in ranked societies. The evolutionary significance of warfare is discussed in terms of processes of cultural change which are largely internal.

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