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Peace
A History of Movements and Ideas

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670005

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  • Veteran scholar and peace activist David Cortright offers a definitive history of the human striving for peace and an analysis of its religious and intellectual roots. This authoritative, balanced, and highly readable volume traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism from their origins in earlier centuries through the mass movements of recent decades: the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s. Also explored are the underlying principles of peace - nonviolence, democracy, social justice, and human rights - all placed within a framework of 'realistic pacifism'. Peace brings the story up-to-date by examining opposition to the Iraq War and responses to the so-called 'war on terror'. This is history with a modern twist, set in the context of current debates about 'the responsibility to protect', nuclear proliferation, Darfur, and conflict transformation.

    • A complete examination of all aspects of the debate about peace in one readable volume
    • A unique study that combines a history of movements with a history of ideas
    • Provides an analysis of current opposition to the war in Iraq and responses to the threat of global terrorism
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    Prizes

    • Selected for an honourable mention at the 2008 London Book Festival

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    "Cortright (Univ. of Notre Dame) has written an excellent history of peace movements and themes. He approaches the definition of peace with an understanding of its changing concept through time and its pendulum swings from utopian to realist. Cortright covers an extensive amount of history and philosophy in a cohesive and easy to understand format. The author's ability to represent the idealistic perceptions of peace and pacifism while articulating 'realistic pacifism' is particularly pleasing." --Choice

    "..indepth history of efforts to prevent war..." --Veteran

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670005
    • length: 387 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is peace
    Part I. Movements:
    2. The first peace societies
    3. Towards internationalism
    4. Facing Fascism
    5. Debating Disarmament
    6. Confronting the Cold War
    7. Banning the bomb
    8. Refusing war
    Part II. Themes:
    9. Religion
    10. A force more powerful
    11. Democracy
    12. Social Justice
    13. Responsibility to protect
    14. A moral equivalent
    15. Realizing disarmament
    16. Realistic pacifism.

  • Author

    David Cortright, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    David Cortright is President of the Fourth Freedom Forum and Research Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

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