Magazine article Geographical

Peace of Mind

Magazine article Geographical

Peace of Mind

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One of the earliest known peace treaties in existence was between the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II and the Hittite monarch Hattusili III in 1259 BC following the Battle of Kadesh. The path to ending hostilities between the Egyptians and Hittites showed how, even in the early days, diplomacy was key; the agreement recorded by the Pharoah showed that he accepted a request for peace from the Hittite king Hattusili III, while the Hittite version decreed it to be the other way around. What often gets overlooked is that the treaty was mainly a set of measures aimed at preventing further conflict between the two parties. A lack of emphasis on actually 'building' peace between the two nations caused the Hittites to be treated in a hostile manner right up to the eventual collapse of their empire 80 years later.

We have a tendency to think about peace efforts solely in terms of the fighting they stem from, about preventing the violence, restricting the battles and redrawing lines on maps--sticking plasters over a deeper set of wounds. …

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