Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies / Edition 2

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Approaches to Peace provides a unique and interdisciplinary sampling of classic articles and short literary selections focusing on the diverse aspects of peace and conflict studies. Readings cover the causes of war and ways to prevent it; the need for peace; nonviolence and peace movements; religious inspirations; and our future prospects for peace. The book offers a balanced and unbiased approach that is vital and easily adaptable to general discussions of both peace and conflict, as well as to the rapidly changing issues of the moment. Each selection is prefaced by a short introduction highlighting the author's background, the work's historical context, and the selection's significance in terms of the "big picture."
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"Approaches to Peace really is the best introductory overview of the field of peace studies. It provides an excellent foundation for students interested in peace and conflict resolution, not just as an academic field of study but as an intellectual road map to navigate the issues of the day."--Warren R. Haffar, Arcadia University

"A combination of classic statements on peace studies combined with more recent analyses."-- Richard W. Coughlin, Florida Gulf Coast University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195382860
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Barash is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Peace and Conflict Studies (2010), Natural Selections: Honest Liars, Selfish Altruists, and Other Realities of Evolution (2007), Understanding Violence (2000), and more than 200 journal articles. A longtime scholar and peace activist, Dr. Barash has been instrumental in establishing Peace Studies as a legitimate academic discipline.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaches to Approaches to Peace 1
Ch. 1 Approaches to War 5
Why War? 9
On Aggression 13
Warfare Is Only an Invention - Not a Biological Necessity 19
War and Other Essays 23
The Guns of August 26
Victims of Groupthink 30
The Causes of War 36
A Structural Theory of Imperialism 42
National Images and International Systems 45
Glamorized Nationalism: Some Examples in Poetry 49
Redefining Security: The New Global Schisms 52
Ch. 2 Building "Negative Peace" 61
The Moral Equivalent of War 65
Getting to YES 70
Disarmament Demands GRIT 76
The Conduct of Just and Limited War 80
The Game of Disarmament 85
The Gift of Time 90
Finding the Future: the Role of Economic Conversion in Shaping the Twenty-First Century 100
International Law 106
The Evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping 114
Perpetual Peace 122
Ch. 3 Building "Positive Peace" 129
The Land Ethic 131
The Pedagogy of the Oppressed 138
Letter from a Birmingham Jail 144
Human Rights 149
An Agenda for Change 158
Ch. 4 Nonviolence 167
Civil Disobedience 171
Letter to Ernest Howard Crosby 176
Conscientious Objector 180
Neither Victims nor Executioners 181
Ahimsa, or the Way of Nonviolence 184
Civilian Resistance as a National Defense 191
Ch. 5 Religious Inspiration 199
The Bhagavad Gita: Hindu 203
Being Peace: Buddhist 204
Tao De Ching: Taoist 209
The Old Testament: Jewish 211
The New Testament: Christian 213
Holy Disobedience 214
A Devout Meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann 217
A Christian's View of the Arms Race 219
Ch. 6 Peace Movements, Transformation, and the Future 225
Peace Movements in History 228
Building Utopias in History 237
On Humane Governance 242
Sexism and the War System 250
The Politics of Responsibility 257
A Few Poetic Visions 262
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