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Prelude

ByVáclav Havel, Jan K. Coetzee, Lynda Gilfillan, Otakar Hulec

War, conflict and oppression have always bedevilled human relations, and revenge and persecution form part of a continuous cycle of destruction. All too often, the coming together of people to form nations or ethnic or ideological groups is followed by fragmentation, as one group ranges itself against another for some or other reason. The very process of self-definition sets up the “other” against which the self, the nation, or the group is defined. And so the elements of conflict are set in place.