Children's Literature - Hazel BuysThe compelling issues and thorny problems associated with peacekeeping efforts in the world are examined in a debate format that succinctly presents nineteen aspects of the problem, in question format and suggests viewpoints in support of and contrary to each. The opening chapter defines the issue of world peace and the establishment of the United Nations in 1945, whose mission is to help nations solve their differences peaceably. The history of the cold war is briefly reviewed and the emergence of the new world order, after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, is described as a backdrop to the current crisis in the UN: is it a peacekeeping or a peacemaking organization? In addition to a pro and con treatment in short paragraphs, each chapter presents related information in sidebars"Case Study" and "Statistically Speaking"and in a "Find Out More" footnote listing web sites. A brief paragraph titled "More to Think About" draws comparisons to analogous situations worthy of examination. Each chapter is illustrated with color photographs, and the different text areas are highlighted in color, which results in a visually interesting reading experience. This book, part of the "What's Your View" series, ends with a glossary, a section about debating tips, and an index. This title is a very good introduction to an examination of peacekeeping in the world and would be a useful resource in a high school world history classroom or school library.
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