World Politics of Peace and War: Eleven Geopolitics in Another Key: Geography and Civilization
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Title: World Politics of Peace and War
Sub-title: Eleven Geopolitics in Another Key: Geography and Civilization
Author(s): Johan Galtung
Publish Date: June 2015
|This book is about the role of geography and civilization in past, present, and future world politics, developed in the mid-1980s geographically the world had been badly served by a division into three parts: “free” meaning capitalist, socialist, and the poor “Third World”; East, West, and South. Left out was a Fourth World in the Southeast, with China, Japan, and other countries taking the world by surprise, first the Japanese miracle, then China. There is more to come.|
Civilizationally the Northwest is Catholic-Protestant-secular; the Northeast Orthodox-secular, Muslim, and Hindu; the Southeast Daoist and Buddhist. Civilizations leave strong imprints on the worlds and their relations. One of them, Western civilization (but also Islam) sees itself with the right and duty to impost itself on others, even eliminating them.
Based on this analysis and diagnosis, the book offers a view into the future, a prognosis, and proposals for strategy away from war, toward peace.
This book is intended for students and specialists in international relations as an overview seen from the world, not one particular region.
Abridged Contents: Foreword, Richard C. Vincent. Preface. Introduction. PART I: THE FOUR WORLDS. The Four Worlds: A Classification. The Four Worlds: A Characterization. The Four Worlds: The Six Relations Among Them. Building Superpower Legitimacy: India and the EC Compared. The Superpower Path Leads But to Decline and Fall. PART II: INSIDE THE WORLDS. Inside the First World. Inside the Fourth Wall. On the Causes of Terrorism and Their Removal. PART III: PROGNOSIS. Relation-Oriented Approach. Structure-Oriented Approach I: The State System. Structure Oriented Approach II: The Center-Periphery System. PART IV: THERAPY. Diversity, Symbiosis, and a Moral Imperative. On the Abolition of War and Other Social Evils. Visioning a Peaceful World. Conclusion. About the Author. Appendix: 50 Trends to Consider. Index.