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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.

Explorations: Are There Therapies for Pathological Cosmologies?
Explorations: Are there therapies for pathological cosmologies?
Introduction: The Geopolitical Setting

The reader is invited to have a look at Table 5.1 where our present world is seen as divided into seven spheres or regions, six of them headed by well-known hegemons. In another context1 the argument has been made that this image of a world of international feudalism is a good guide to the successor system to the Cold War, the New World Order. The East-West system was a bilateral system; this system consists of six or seven parallel unipolar systems with their multipolar involvements. One hegemon is primus inter pares, the hegemons’ hegemon, the United States of America. And region No. 7, the Arab/Islamic world, does not have ...

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