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The nomadic barbarians on the outskirts of this civilization learned war from it and developed war methods in attacks upon its centers. The majority of anthropologists decline to accept this theory. They do not find it necessary to accept either the theory that every cult~re trait, however widespread, must have had a single historic origin from which variations have diverged or the theory that all peoples tend to invent similar culture traits at the appropriate stage of their development and thus that all cultures tend to converge, whatever their origins.

International lawyers and diplomats have usually followed Grotius' conception of war as "the condition of those contending by force as such,"2 though they have often excluded from the conception duels between individuals and insurrections, aggressions, or other conditions of violent contention between juridical unequals. Furthermore, they have insisted that "force" refers to military and naval activities, that is, to "armed force," thus excluding from the definition contentions involving only moral, legal, or economic force.

For various definitions of war see Wright, "Changes in the Conception of War," op. , pp. 761 ff. Some of these definitions include the idea of "proper methods" or "just objects," but it is only in a very limited sense that failure to conform to such standards renders the situation any the less war in the legal sense. Professional military men have often sought to emphasize such factors, recognized in Gentili's conception of war antedating that of Grotius-"a properly conducted contest of armed public forces" (De jure belli [15881 i.

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