Let the People, Not the Politicians or Generals, Decide


Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

The province of Schleswig had changed hands between Denmark and Prussia several times during the 19th century and was under German control before World War I.

In the 1919 Versailles Treaty, it was agreed that a popular referendum should be held to determine if the people of Schleswig wanted to belong to Denmark or Germany.

In the Northern part, a majority preferred to join Denmark, whereas the central and southern part preferred to remain with Germany.

That new border, determined according to the wishes of the local population, has remained very stable. Not even Hitler tried to shift it.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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