Re: Warren's PW post

Mon, 31 Oct 1994 22:32:09 -0500

I can't speak to some of the points Warren Sproule raised in his post, but
will to his mention of my advisor, Keith Otterbein. I don't have Keith's
book on a cross-cultural study of warfare handy, but four of his fifty (?)
societies lacked a military organization of any sort. So obviously, there
are some researchers who accept the existance of 'primitive' war without
assuming that warfare is an inherent part of all cultures.

Secondly, Keith's distinction between primitive/advanced (I'm not sure off
hand what terms he uses) warfare is inductive, not definitional. He found
certain practices in warfare to be more common among bands and tribes, while
others were more likely to be found among chiefdoms and states. He groups
the former into one category, the latter into another.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo