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Violence and the Use of Force
(2,190 words)

[German Version]

I. Anthropology

Violence as the power of some to intimidate others against their will by threat or exercise of physical coercion or force them to (or not to) behave or act in a particular way is a phenomenon of all ages, cultures and societies. It is a constant of the human capacity for being; its exercise, encouragement, restraint, and restriction depend on many social variables. A historically different…

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Lienemann, Wolfgang, Kersting, Wolfgang, Sieckmann, Jan-R. and Schmälzle, Udo Friedrich, “Violence and the Use of Force”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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