Polish and European Union flags fly side-by-side in Warsaw, symbolising the dual national and supranational identities within the European peace system
The development of an overarching socio-political identity is a notable feature of peace systems. Reproduced with permission of Douglas P. Fry; copyright © Douglas P. Fry, all rights reserved.

Polish and European Union flags fly side-by-side in Warsaw, symbolising the dual national and supranational identities within the European peace system The development of an overarching socio-political identity is a notable feature of peace systems. Reproduced with permission of Douglas P. Fry; copyright © Douglas P. Fry, all rights reserved.

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A comparative anthropological perspective reveals not only that some human societies do not engage in war, but also that peaceful social systems exist. Peace systems are defined as clusters of neighbouring societies that do not make war with each other. The mere existence of peace systems is important because it demonstrates that creating peaceful...

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... We also can better understand the possibilities for peace through tourism by examining recent research by Fry et al. (2021) that offered a comparative anthropological perspective on societies within peace systems that were found to not only avoid war but also to actively foster intergroup connection. This robust research uncovered five significant factors: overarching common identity; positive social interconnectedness; interdependence; non-warring values and norms; non-warring myths, rituals, and symbols; and peace leadership. ...
... This robust research uncovered five significant factors: overarching common identity; positive social interconnectedness; interdependence; non-warring values and norms; non-warring myths, rituals, and symbols; and peace leadership. These, they argued, can be used in policy development to promote and sustain peace, cohesion and cooperation that could assist in addressing even our wickedest threats and interwoven global challenges such as global pandemics, oceanic pollution, loss of biodiversity, nuclear proliferation, and climate change (Fry et al., 2021). ...
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