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Overview

"The Second Edition of Peace and Conflict Studies sets a new market standard with its accessible introduction and comprehensive exploration of important historical and recent world events - including new coverage of topics such as terrorism, truth and reconciliation processes, and the clash of civilizations. Authors David P. Barash and Charles P. Webel present an unbiased look at issues related to peace and conflict studies to assist students and professionals in forming personal and social opinions based on fact." This text is invaluable for students and professors in peace and conflict studies, psychology, sociology, international relations, comparative politics, history, political philosophy, and religion and others, such as peace educators, researchers, and activists, who are Interested in gaining a solid foundation in this vital area of study.
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Editorial Reviews

Time Magazines Higher Education
"David Barash and Charles Webel have intentionally minimized the use of technical language in this text. They have, as a result, produced an accessible work that deals with complex issues with a simplicity and clarity that is nevertheless profound. Ably surveying the terrain, the book is steeped in history and conversant with the current global political scene, including issues of natural resources, the economy and climate change. "— Joshua Habimana
Times Higher Education - Joshua Habimana
"David Barash and Charles Webel have intentionally minimized the use of technical language in this text. They have, as a result, produced an accessible work that deals with complex issues with a simplicity and clarity that is nevertheless profound. Ably surveying the terrain, the book is steeped in history and conversant with the current global political scene, including issues of natural resources, the economy and climate change."
Booknews
Revising and expanding Barash's core textbook , he and Webel introduce an area of human science that is unabashedly value oriented, and linked to such arenas as poverty, environmental threats, and the denial of human rights. They cover the promise of peace and the problems of war, the reasons for wars, and building negative and positive peace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johan Galtung

"Beautifully crafted, logically constructed, the book by Barash and Webel will be the introductory text to peace and conflict studies for years to come. With a wealth of interesting material and a clear, accommodating, yet sufficiently rigorous, framework anyone who has studied these pages will come out a richer person, more able to act in and on today’s world."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412961202
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Barash (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) has been with the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington since 1973. His studies span animal behavior and social psychology, with concentrations in sociobiology, psychological aspects of the arms race and nuclear war, peace studies, and animal behavior and evolution. A prolific author, he has written more than 250 technical articles and 31 books ranging from monographs to college textbooks to popular trade titles. His book, Introduction to Peace Studies (1991), was the first comprehensive undergraduate textbook in the field of Peace Studies.

Charles Webel (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor at the University of New York, Prague. A three-time Fulbright Scholar and graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Webel has pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute, and the Universities of Paris, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg. He recently taught in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Berkeley and the Honors College of University of South Florida. He is the author or editor of seven books.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Promise of Peace, the Problems of War 1

1 The Meanings of Peace 3

2 The Meanings of Wars 13

3 Terrorism Versus Counterterrorism: A War Without End? 43

4 The Special Significance of Nuclear Weapons 67

Pt. II The Reasons for Wars 91

5 The Individual Level 97

6 The Group Level 119

7 The State Level 149

8 The Decision-Making Level 169

9 The Ideological, Social, and Economic Levels 191

Pt. III Building "Negative Peace" 219

10 Peace Movements 221

11 Diplomacy, Negotiations, and Conflict Resolution 243

12 Disarmament and Arms Control 263

13 International Cooperation 287

14 Peace Through Strength? 319

15 International Law 339

16 Ethical and Religious Perspectives 353

Pt. IV Building Positive Peace 371

17 Human Rights 373

18 Ecological Well-Being 397

19 Economic Well-Being 419

20 National Reconciliation 445

21 Nonviolence 457

22 Toward a More Peaceful Future 479

Author Index 489

Subject Index 495

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