Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 November 2018

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780199924974

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Strength Through Peace

How Demilitarization Led to Peace and Happiness in Costa Rica, and What the Rest of the World can Learn From a Tiny, Tropical Nation

Judith Eve Lipton and David P. Barash

  • This is the first book to focus on Costa Rica's demilitarization, and how its status as the world's only truly demilitarized independent country came to be
  • Offers a powerful antidote to those who claim that in today's violent and dangerous world, there is no alternative to militarization and militarism
  • Explores various dimensions of Costa Rica's "strength through peace," including the social and economic benefits it derives alongside analysis of other semi-demilitarized nations throughout history
  • Proposes a new theory: that a country, like a person, can have a "childhood" that is happy or troubled, that countries with a troubled and pain-filled childhood are especially prone to militarism and militarization, and that Costa Rica experienced a happy history, which in turn predisposed this fortunate country to demilitarization
  • Argues that war is not necessarily in an inevitability in human nature
  • Proposes the counterintuitive question: can it be, paradoxically, good to have relatively few natural resources?

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