Pax Ethnica by Karl E. Meyer
Where and How Diversity Succeeds

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...Meyer and Brysac may unintentionally be reproducing the myth that ethnic diversity is prone to violence. I would have preferred a more direct attack on the claim that ethnic diversity creates a “pernicious quandary,”...
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In a world replete with stories of sectarian violence, we are often left wondering: Are there places where people of different ethnicities, especially with significant Muslim minorities, live in peace? If so, why haven’t we heard more about them, and what explains their success?

To answer these questions, Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac undertook a two-year exploration of oases of civility, places notable for minimal violence, rising life-expectancy, high literacy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights. They explored the Indian state of Kerala, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the city of Marseille in France, the city of Flensburg, Germany, and the borough of Queens, New York. Through scores of interviews, they document ways and means that have proven successful in defusing ethnic tensions. This pathbreaking book elegantly blends political history, sociology, anthropology, and journalism, to provide big ideas for peace.

 

About Karl E. Meyer

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Karl E. Meyer, a Princeton PhD, served on The New York Times editorial board, and previously was a foreign correspondent and editorial writer on The Washington Post. He is author of a dozen books including Dust of Empire, and is emeritus editor of the World Policy Journal. Shareen Blair Brysac was a prize-winning documentary producer for CBS News and is author of Resisting Hitler: Mildred Fish Harnack and the Red Orchestra. Together they wrote Tournament of Shadows and Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East. The couple live in New York City and Weston, Connecticut.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Will Kymlicka on Mar 23 2012

...Meyer and Brysac may unintentionally be reproducing the myth that ethnic diversity is prone to violence. I would have preferred a more direct attack on the claim that ethnic diversity creates a “pernicious quandary,”...

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