The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry Into the Animals Origins of Property and Nations
Condition: Vintage (1969), Good
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The Territorial Imperative is a volume comparable to African Genesis. Like the first book, it is a personal investigation into the contemporary, little-known, accomplishments of the natural sciences, and a personal interpretation of what these revolutionary studies may bring to our knowledge of man. Unlike the first book, however, which attempted to gather in long perspective our increasing evidence for man's evolutionary nature, the present investigation resembles what we should call in films a close shot. It brings into focus a single aspect of human behaviour which I believe to be characteristic of our species as a whole, to be shaped but not determined by environment and experience, and to be a consequence not of human choice but of evolutionary inheritance.
Robert Ardrey, 1966.