In "Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds," authors Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac set out what they call a “forthright dissent” against the theory that persistent ethnic strife and violence arise out of “deep, tangled and ancient hatreds and hence may be beyond reach of reason.” They elucidate their thinking with narrative-driven portraits of five places around the world: Marseille, France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community; Flensburg, Germany, the epicenter of the “Schleswig-Holstein Question” that fueled conflict for over a century but is now peaceful; Kerala, India, a state of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians that leads the country in literacy, life expectancy, and health care; the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, where a Muslim majority and significant Orthodox population coexist peacefully; and New York City’s Borough of Queens, where 2.3 million people speak 138 languages and leaders have embraced diversity.
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