War and Human Progress

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War and Human Progress

By John U. Nef
Harvard University Press, 1950
464 pp. $6.50
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To combat the view that war is a stimulus to economic progress, this ambitious and scholarly study traces the historical development of warfare and its weapons from the sixteenth century. Laying heavy stress upon the independent force of ideas, Professor Nef finds that in the twentieth century a failure in manners and morals has sanctioned the use of deadly weapons and brought on the age of total war.