Recent events in the Ukraine war have got me thinking about the psychological profile of a leader like Vladimir Putin, and how that makeup is likely to lead social groups into recurring or ongoing conflict.
In political terms we'll call Putin a war hawk - someone who favors war or continuing to escalate an existing conflict as opposed to other solutions. But what I'm more interested in is the psychological profile of leaders like this and how common this type of leader was throughout history?
Particularly, I think of early, violent periods like the Warring States in China, where multiple groups continuously fought for dominance, and I'm wondering if some leaders of that time might have had a similar, violent tendency. And further, if the pattern has occurred throughout our history.