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Peter W. Singer: Definitive, Essential, Required Reading

A History of Conflict  From the beginning of time, man has been in violent and oft-times protracted conflict with man. Whether the dispute is rooted in religion, ideology, tribalism, nationalism, or something else, man has tended to engage in warring. Usually, one party is claiming ownership of the earth’s scarce resources, with or without legitimacy. It’s the never-ending story of the ‘haves’ versus the ‘have-nots.’ Some are seeking to accumulate even more power and wealth, others are seeking their freedom from oppression, and others, due to corrupt and incompetent leadership, are simply starving to death. At its origin, combat was hand-to-hand, then sword-to-sword, in open fields with the only apparent strategy being a man’s cunning and bravery, or foolhardiness. As the centuries marched forward, so too did the technologies, tools and strategies of war, and the battlefields on which the conflicts played out shifted as well. In the 18th and 19th centuries, gunpowder was adapted to make pistols, rifles and cannons the deadly weapons we’re familiar with today. New modes of transportation, including horseback and maritime, allowed the richest nations to dominate