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A Criminal History of Mankind (original 1984; edition 2006)

by Colin Wilson (Author)

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Colin Wilson tells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia - taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler and more. Each age has a unique characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study in human depravity; it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence.… (more)
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Title:A Criminal History of Mankind
Authors:Colin Wilson (Author)
Info:Mercury Books (2006), Edition: 2nd, 720 pages
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This book really deserves no more than 3.5 stars but the subject matter is fascinating enough for it to be distinguished. It gives an account of trends in criminality throughout history, attributing sociological forces shaped by an evolving psychology in humankind. Although there were many profound insights into human nature and motivations towards crime and how societal influences manifested changes in individual behaviours over time, I was often left dissatisfied with the causal analysis, which at times seemed to be somewhat simplistic application of stereotypes. Certainly, a lack of cited references did little to dispel this doubt. ( )
  m.j.brown | Dec 13, 2020 |
Revised edition 20 years on
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
Philosophy of crime
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
When Wilson says he's writing a history of mankind, he's not kidding! This book covers the full sweep of human history from before Homo sapiens to the 1970s. (I have the first edition, published in 1980.) It encompasses not only true crime but gobs of history, sociology, psychology and philosophy, and alludes to many and various classic books and essays. It must have taken Wilson years to research this thing. If you've a mind for an ambitious reading project (700 pages), this book is as good as any. I sure learned a lot. ( )
1 vote meggyweg | Mar 6, 2009 |
Wilson's war v. short-cut specialists. There's no easy path to enlightenment, it seems. The ever busy Wilson knows of no short-cut, certainly. ( )
  Porius | Dec 28, 2008 |
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Colin Wilson tells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia - taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler and more. Each age has a unique characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study in human depravity; it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence.

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