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How Fighting EndsA History of Surrender$
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Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.001.0001

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Surrender and Prisoners in Prehistoric and Tribal Societies

Surrender and Prisoners in Prehistoric and Tribal Societies

(p.7) 1 Surrender and Prisoners in Prehistoric and Tribal Societies
How Fighting Ends

Lawrence H. Keeley

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how fighting ended in stone age societies. Keeley argues that these early societies were usually very violent and that fighting amounted to ‘total war’ in early societies. A constant low level conflict rarely stopped and inflicted more victims, in relation to the sizeof the tribes, than modern warfare. Keeley contends that economic conditions of small tribes did not permit them to keep adult prisoners. Therefore there was ‘no surrender’ in these societies.

Keywords:   stone age, total warfare, tribal culture

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