journal of world history, fall 2002 identities, and that with sufficient common identity it should be possible to avert lethalviolence between people, even as they maintain their "less-than-universal identities to some degree." Johansen believes that evidence to support this is found in multinational states and multireligious societies that enjoy universal peace. As Johansen reminds us, the great peace researcher Kenneth Boulding used to say, "Whatever exists is possible." Against the realist or postmodern doomsayers, who deride or deconstruct notions of common humanity, this book begins to ask us to look around, at political theories and empirical manifestations of "border crossings." The idea of transcultural awareness and global justice has not been the most powerful political idea in the world, but it does exist. It is therefore possible that it might grow. Books such as this, especially if better edited, would help. ken booth University of Wales, Aberystwyth A Comparative Study of Thirty City-State Cultures. Edited by morgens herman hansen. Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2000. Pp. 632. $50.00 (cloth). This handsomely produced book has a central theme, despite the fact that more than thirty authors contributed to it: Some thirty cultures in world history
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