War Statistics: Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature’

Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature: the Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes ‘ relies heavily on statistics from the following source:

The Correlates of War Project at: http://www.correlatesofwar.org/

And Matthew White founder of the science of Atrocitology is also heavily used: see


This is Matthew’s map of what he calls the Hemoclysm or ‘blood catastrophe’ of the 20th century’s 150-180 million war and mass murder deaths:

There is also a great interview with Steven Pinker about his book at:


I will be posting some of his tables about war in the next few weeks: I don’t want to overwhelm you, but this is the mother lode for future conflict work.

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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