Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

A History of Movements and Ideas

$36.99 (P)

Award Winner
  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670005

$ 36.99 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more


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

    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670005
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Approaches to Peace
    • Conflict War and Peace
    • From International Conflict to Resolution and Peace
    • International Peace and Conflict Resolution
    • Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies
    • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Nonviolence
    • Peace History
    • Peace Movements and Peace Education
    • Peace Studies
    • Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
    • Peace Theory
    • Peace and Justice Studies
    • Peace and Non-Violence
    • Peace and Social Change Movements
    • Peace, Conflict, and War
    • Peace, Violence & Culture
    • Philosophical perspectives on war and peace
    • Readings in European History (Peace Movements and Nonviolent Struggle)
    • Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Conflict Management
    • US Peace Movement
  • 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.


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

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.