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Michael Mann's assets of Social strength has been largely acclaimed as one of many vintage works of latest sociology. during this comparable publication he makes a speciality of 3 of the 4 assets of strength by way of studying the shut inter- dating among states (mostly glossy states), battle and the economic climate (mostly capitalist economies and sophistication relatives) and displaying how an total thought of any of those needs to contain attention of all of them. Social thought has focused on the kin of capitalism, social periods and the nation in the person geographical region, both neglecting diplomacy, militarism and struggle or trying to clarify them mostly when it comes to capitalism and sophistication constitution. those stylish and stimulating reports offer an important corrective to such biases and supply a clean schedule for historic sociology.

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Eventually, however, the leaders are of crucial importance, since it is they who negotiate the peaceful resolution of the conflict and are in a position to lead the reconciliation process (for example, Begin and Sadat in the Israeli-Egyptian case, or Mandela and de Klerk in South Africa; see Bargal and Sivan, this volume). But it should be noted that in all the cases there was significant mass support for conflict resolution and eventual reconciliation, without which it would be very difficult to accomplish.

He proposes that achieving reconciliation requires changes in five themes of societal beliefs that were formed during the conflict: societal beliefs about the group’s goals, about the rival group, about one’s own group, about relations with the past opponent, and about peace. societal beliefs about the group’s goals. An important change concerns the societal beliefs about the justness of the goals that underlie the outbreak and maintenance of the conflict. Groups involved in conflict construct beliefs about their own goals that provide an epistemic basis for the conflict.

Of special importance is the recognition that for lasting peace, the well-being of the two sides is in the interest of both parties and hence peace also requires ongoing sensitivity and attention to the needs and goals of the other group. The above psychological framework focuses almost entirely on the change of beliefs and attitudes of both parties. Nevertheless, the outcome of reconciliation also requires positive emotions about the peaceful relations with the past opponent. Positive affects should accompany the described beliefs and indicate good feelings that the parties have toward each other and toward the new relations.

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