On Toleration by Michael Walzer
(Castle Lectures Series)

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Walzer examines five regimes of toleration from multinational empires to immigrant societies, to discover what kind of political arrangements enable people from different national, racial, religious or ethnic groups to live in peace.

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Published April 10, 1999 by Yale University Press. 148 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Unlike other multiethnic models, such as multinational empires (like the USSR, which could be repressive but ruled more evenhandedly than local majorities were likely to do) or nation-states (in which one group shapes national life but tolerates members of minority groups as individual citizens),...

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Walzer offers interesting insights into power, class, gender, religion, education and civil religion: e.g., the common identity fostered by the latter (Independence Day, etc.) is especially important in immigrant societies like ours.

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