The discussion that follows was prompted by the article: War before civilisation. The discussion was initiated by jk1921.
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An interesting review of an interesting book. Perhaps a bit off topic, but a seemingly learned person once told me that for all the wars and massacres, the twentieth century still stands out in history as the one in which a given person was the least likely to die at the hands of another human being. Is this true?
It all depends who the "given" person is jk. If you were a Jewish person in Germany under Hitler, or living in Hiroshima in 1945, or living in Syria, or almost anywhere in the Middle East today, or were a black guy walking round some place in Florida at night, you might very likely die at the hands of another human being. So maybe your learned person was wrong. The 20th century stands out in history as one of the worst to have lived through in all time, for violence and horror. Dying may not be the worse thing that can happen to a human being. Is that true?