Pax Pacifica

Pax Pacifica : Terrorism, the Pacific Hemisphere, Globalisation and Peace Studies

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Johan Galtung is the world's foremost thinker in peace studies. This remarkable collection of essays represents his response to the events of September 11 2001. It is a philosophical collection on terror, war and peace which engages with the key issues and obstacles we face in attempting to create peace around the world. Focusing in particular on the Pacific region, he presents a grounded assessment of the history of the regional power dynamics, and present prospects for peace.

Topics covered include the hegemony of the USA; the European perspective; the US relationship with Japan and Asia; decolonization; and peace movements in the age of globalization.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 16mm | 322.06g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320031
  • 9780745320038

Table of contents



1. What Happened Before September 11? US State Terrorism!

2. Terrorism and Retaliation

3. Religious Fundamentalism


4. The USA, World Hegemony and Cold War II

5. Japan, Asia, USA: The Politics of Non-Reconciliation

6. The European Union: Perspectives, Prospectives


7. Towards a Pax Pacifica

8. Decolonisation in the Pacific

9. Pearl Harbour Day 2001: Theories of War; Theories of Peace


10. What is Peace Studies?

11. On the Epistemology and Methodology of Peace Studies

12. Peace Studies and Universities in the Age of Globalisation


13. The Three Global Classes, Three Ways of War; Three Ways of Peace

14. Globalisation from Above and Globalisation From Below

15. Peace Movements in the Age of Globalisation: Tasks for Japanese NGOs and Youth


16. On the Fruits Thou Shalt Know the Tree

17. There is Gentle Wisdom in Them All

18. That Little Brown Man in the Loincloth

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'I never encounter the writings of Dr Johan Galtung without recalling what the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said of the true scholar, namely, that 'He is the world's eye. He is the world's heart' -- Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gakkai International
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About Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung founded the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959 and is the author of many essays and works on peace, including Searching for Peace (Pluto Press, 2000) and Transcend and Transform (Pluto Press, 2004). Currently Professor of Peace Studies at six universities, he is the holder of the Right Livelihood Award 1987 and the Norwegian Humanist Prize 1988.
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