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War and Human Progress
War and Human Progress
By John U. Nef
Harvard University Press, 1950, 464 pp

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.