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This chapter focuses on the historical dimensions of integration and conflict in the region, and relates them to different varieties and strategies of social interaction, thereby filling with life the "consummation of the marriage between anthropology and history". It explores how social life was changed by influences from the outside (colonialism, migration, trade) and how such changes in society at large were related to changes in processes of integration and conflict. The chapter investigates the strategies which are chosen to navigate conflicts and (re-)integration, both in past and present situations and whether and how the ways of dealing with conflict and integration reproduce themselves, not in the sense of preserving sameness, but in that of guaranteeing continuity by allowing for the adaptations and changes necessary for the social and cultural system as a whole to survive.

Keywords: Anthropology; colonialism; conflict; cultural system; social system



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