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Engaging Conflict History: Toward an Integrated Method of Conflict Resolution Dialogue and Capacity-Building
Conflict Resolution Quarterly (2015)
  • Tatsushi Arai
Abstract
This article presents a method of applied practice that engages contested historical meanings of inter-communal and international conflict. The concept of conflict history is introduced to describe a worldview of a conflict-affected community that seeks a coherent explanation of the origin, evolution, and significance of the conflict it faces. Four interconnected perspectives on conflict history–orthodox, different, mediative, and alternative–are explored to bridge empirical inquiry into the divided past with possibilities of future coexistence. The study builds on psychoanalysis and memory research, as well as on the author's experience in conflict resolution dialogues across the Taiwan Strait.
Keywords
  • history,
  • memory,
  • history education,
  • conflict resolution,
  • peacebuilding,
  • Taiwan,
  • China
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Tatsushi Arai. "Engaging Conflict History: Toward an Integrated Method of Conflict Resolution Dialogue and Capacity-Building" Conflict Resolution Quarterly Vol. 32 Iss. 3 (2015) p. 277 - 298
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tatsushi_arai/82/