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Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, provides a wide-ranging panorama of the ideas, theories and assumptions on which the study of peace is based. The book is organized in four parts, each examining the one of the four major theoretical approaches to peace. The first part covers peace theory, exploring the epistemological assumptions of peace. In Part Two conflict theory is examined with an exploration of nonviolent and creative handling of conflict. Developmental theory is discussed in Part Three, exploring structural violence, particularly in the economic field, together with a consideration of the ways of overcoming that violence. The fourth part is devoted to civilization theory.

Six Cosmologies: An Impressionistic Presentation
Six cosmologies: An impressionistic presentation
The Cosmology Approach to Civilization Theory

The reader is hereby invited on an expedition into the human collective subconscious. Pretentious? Certainly, but absolutely indispensable to an understanding of collective human behavior (and also individual behavior, but then many personal factors have to be taken into account). Peace and war, conflict and development depend on how collectivities behave and act. But what collectivities? The approach taken here is ‘collectivity as defined by a shared civilization’, and a civilization is conceived of as a macro-culture, extended in space and time.1 A culture is conceived of as the symbolic aspect of the human condition, telling us what is true and false, good and bad, right and wrong, beautiful and ugly, ...

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