John W. Burton



From earliest times human societies, like those which proceeded them, have been subject to rule by the relatively strong. In contemporary legal terms there have been "those who have a right to rule, and others who have an obligation to obey." Feudal societies, then industrial societies, had structures that reflected these we-they relationships based on relative power.

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John W. Burton served as Permanent Head of the Foreign Office for Australia and was a participant in many important international conferences, including the United Nations Charter Conference at San Francisco in 1945 and the Paris Peace Conference in 1946. After his diplomatic career, Dr. Burton taught at University College of London, University of Kent, the University of Maryland and George Mason University. As one of the most influential scholars in the field of international relations and conflict resolution, Professor Burton has published more than 20 books and many book chapters and journal articles.


change, conflict resolution, democracy, feudal societies, problem-solving

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