Keith F. Otterbein

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Dr. Keith F. Otterbein is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo (SUNYAB), in the United States.

Dr. Otterbein is a past president of the Human Relations Area Files and has been a frequent contributor to cross-cultural research, primarily in warfare related topics.

Otterbein is the author of the recent book How War Began (2004), in which he explores the origins of warfare in human society.


  • The Evolution of Zulu Warfare, 1964, Kansas Journal of Sociology.
  • Internal War: A Cross-Cultural Study 1968 American Anthropologist.
  • Higi Armed Combat 1978, Southwestern Journal of Anthropology.
  • The Evolution of War: A Cross-Cultural Study 1970 HRAF Press, New Haven. (2nd Ed. 1985)
  • Killing of Captured Enemies: A Cross-Cultural Study 2000 Current Anthropology.