Tensions That Cause Wars

Tensions That Cause Wars

Tensions That Cause Wars

Tensions That Cause Wars

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At the second meeting of the Unesco General Assembly in 1947, a series of resolutions authorized a study of "Tensions Affecting International Understanding." The general purpose of the resolutions was to encourage social scientists to focus their attention and their research techniques on an understanding of the development and perpetuation of attitudes which make for national aggression and, on the basis of their findings, to recommend ways and means of promoting attitudes that would increase international understanding.

The creation and support of the Tensions Project by representatives of many nations is of historic significance when viewed in the light of man's long evolutionary development. For this is apparently the first time in world history when the people of many lands have officially turned to the social scientist to seek his aid in man's quest for enduring peace. From this point of view, the opportunity to spend six months helping Unesco launch its project seemed to me a challenge no social scientist could refuse.

Among the several resolutions of the Tensions Project, one instructed the Director General of Unesco to promote "an inquiry into the influences which predispose toward international understanding on the one hand and aggressive nationalism on the other." A resolution stated as broadly as . . .

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