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War and Reconciliation : Reason and Emotion in Conflict Resolution - William J. Long

War and Reconciliation

Reason and Emotion in Conflict Resolution

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Published: 20th December 2002
For Ages: 18+ years old
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This book is the first systematic examination of the impact of reconciliation on restoring and maintaining peace following civil and international conflicts. Through eleven comparative case studies of civil war and eight of international conflict, it constructs a surprising explanation for when and why reconciliation restores social order.The civil war cases reveal that successful reconciliation is associated with a process of national forgiveness, not merely negotiated settlement. All successful cases followed a four-step pattern of public truth telling, justice short of revenge, redefinition of the identities of former belligerents, and a call for a new relationship. The book argues that success is not solely the result of rational choice decision making. It proposes a hypothesis, grounded in evolutionary psychology, that to restore social order we use emotional/cognitive techniques that have evolved to ensure human survival.On the international level, however, successful reconciliation was not a part of a forgiveness process. Reconciliation was successful in bringing about sustained peace when it was associated with a signaling process -- an exchange of costly, novel, voluntary, and irrevocable concessions in a negotiated bargain. This result is consistent with realist notions of the limits of international society and illustrates the context in which a rational choice model is appropriate. The book's approach, integrating emotion with reasoning and linking political science to scientific research in other disciplines, particularly biology and neuroscience, has broad implications for social science theory.

"This is an exciting and important book, which contributes profoundly to integrating two increasingly significant matters: the attainment of durable peaceful relations after violent conflict, and the synthesis of evolutionary psychology with major streams of social science theory."--Louis Kriesberg, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies, Syracuse University

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Civil War and Reconciliationp. 35
International War and Reconciliationp. 75
Rethinking Rationality in Social Theoryp. 121
Implications for Policy and Practice and Avenues for Further Researchp. 147
Civil War and Reconciliationp. 159
Interstate War and Reconciliationp. 163
Notesp. 169
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780262621687
ISBN-10: 0262621681
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 20th December 2002
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.34