Here the wars were fought primarily because of religious differences.
To some extent, the nature of a war is in the eye of the beholder.
He preach'd one Evening from the top of the Court House Steps [in Philadelphia], which are in the Middle of , and on the West Side of Second Street which crosses it at right angles.
The pure Buddhist attitude is shown in this story:
Being among the hindmost in Market Street, I had the Curiosity to learn how far he could be heard, by retiring backwards down the Street towards the [Delaware] River, and I found his Voice distinct till I came near Front-Street, when some Noise in that Street, obscur'd it.
Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
That ends up meaning something very specific indeed, especially in democracies like Athens, with an Assembly of the (male) citizens: public speaking.
You desire and do not have, so you murder.
Benjamin Franklin, in a day when electronic amplification still didn't exist, was curious about accounts of ancient figures, like Julius Caesar, addressing entire armies.
in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash.
Being the kind of he was, Franklin put the matter to the test with the evangelist George Whitefield (1714-1770):
He had a loud and clear Voice, and articulated his Words & Sentences so perfectly that he might be heard and understood at a great Distance, especially as his Auditories, however numerous, observ'd the most exact Silence.
began with the , , the "natural philosophers" (in Latin, ).
Reflecting social history approaches dominant at the time it was written, this book begins with a description and analysis of French social structures and political and religious institutions. It then moves on to blend narrative and analysis in its account of the wars themselves. Not an easy book but still considered by many to be the best history of the wars in English.