Military power is by definition destructive, but in the past such force often cleared the ground for the building of local, regional, or even global structures, however grim or oppressive they might have been. If force always was meant to break things, it sometimes achieved other ends as well. Now, it seems as if breaking is all it can do.
Forager war narratives document an aspect of human experience that has been overlooked in the study of human evolution: the costs that warfare imposed on women. Many of these problems remain with us to this day. Thus, understanding how these problems shaped our past may help us address them in the present.