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Overview

"I teach an introductory course on this topic and can think of no other useful text in the field…I like the organization and scope of this volume—beginning with the nature and causes of war, then proceeding to ‘negative’ peace, and then ‘positive’ peace. I also liked the extensive use of literary fragments—my students would relate to that….There’s a need for it and I think the authors are on the right track. "

-Michael Klare

Hampshire College

This core textbook comprehensively introduces students to the relatively young interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. This field is unabashedly value-oriented, and although the authors are up front about their own values and opinions, they attempt to present all sides of complex debates to assist students in forming personal and social opinions, insisting only that those opinions be informed by serious intellectual effort. A hallmark of the book is an effort to encourage independent and critical thinking among student readers.

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Editorial Reviews

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."

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)
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761925071
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/19/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (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

I. THE PROMISE OF PEACE, THE PROBLEM OF WAR
1. The Meanings of Peace
2. Peace Movements
3. The Meanings of War
4. The Special Significance of Nuclear Weapons
II. THE REASONS FOR WARS
5. The Individual Level
6. The Group Level
7. The State Level
8. The Decision-Making Level
9. The Ideological, Social, and Economic Levels
III. BUILDING "NEGATIVE PEACE "
10. Diplomacy, Negotiations, and Conflict Resolution
11. Peace Through Strength?
12. Disarmament and Arms Control
13. International Organizations
14. International Law
15. World Government
16. Ethical and Religious Perspectives
IV. BUILDING "POSITIVE PEACE "
17. Human Rights
18. Ecological Wholeness
19. Economic Well-Being
20. Nonviolence
21. Toward the Future

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