Book Review: Pax Ethnica

06.12.2013

Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Suceeds by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac. (Public Affairs, New York, 2012)

Diversity is a goal in many places, but what can we learn from multicultural societies where diversity works? The author traveled throughout the world to document what makes multi-ethnic societies successful. He visited Flensburg in Germany, Kerala in India, and Tartarstan in Russia. He even documents the amazing multicultural society flourishing in Queens, New York. As Meyer and Brysac say “For two years we voyaged through four continents in search of societies that had attained ethnic peace, or its proximate facsimile.” The last chapter presents guidelines “for promoting civility in diverse societies.” This is a good title for anyone interested in successfully living with diversity.

- Jack O’Gorman, Reference and Instruction Librarian

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