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In his 1970 monograph On the medieval Origins of the Modern State Joseph Strayer remarked In an age of violence most men sought above everything else peace and security There were pressures at all levels to strengthen weak governments so hat they could perform their minimum duties of defense against internal and external disturbers of peace To what extent does the text of Beowulf either prove or falsify this statement What is the role of government the political ethic of the poem Peace right now may be more dangerous than war to Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat And so while they have agreed to attend a peace summit in Egypt on Monday both men will attend under sufferance and do their best to signal their constituencies back home that theyre acting tough UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Saturday that hed convinced Arafat to attend a meeting in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh with Barak Egypts President Hosni Mubarak Jordans King Abdullah and President Clinton But last Thursdays dramatic exchanges--the lynching of two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah followed by Israeli air strikes on Palestinian Authority installations throughout the West Bank and Gaza including Arafats headquarters--have made it more difficult than ever for either side to make a quick return to negotiations Tony Karen This modern day example of instability and violence illustrate the belief behind Joseph Strayers idea In the Middle East the political affairs are such that the two sides are striving for peace through the hardships of politics relations and a process of defining two independent states Each sides of the conflict due what they believe they have to do to protect their citizens In Beowulf that even in an age of violence most men sought above everything else peace and security This can be seen within the story if a person looks at three specific occurrences within Beowulf First one needs to look at
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