Approaches to Peace A Reader in Peace Studies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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"For those endeavoring to approach peace, there is no shortage of challenges, practical as well as intellectual. Fortunately, there is also no shortage of inspiration and insight."--From the preface Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies, Second Edition, provides a unique and interdisciplinary sampling of key articles and short literary selections focusing on the diverse facets of peace and conflict studies. Featuring both classic and contemporary work, it enables students to read highly influential articles while also introducing them to the most current perspectives in the field. Timeless classics from Leo Tolstoy, the Bhagavad Gita, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau are included alongside contemporary pieces by Johan Galtung, Betty Reardon, and many others. Updated to address current concerns, the second edition incorporates seventeen new articles, including selections from Al Gore on climate change, Jeffrey Sachs on Third World economies, and Desmond Tutu on reconciliation. A new chapter on terrorism offers work from Eqbal Ahmad, Richard Falk, Samuel Huntington, and others. Ideal on its own as a foundation text in any introductory peace studies course, Approaches to Peace, Second Edition, is also compact enough to use as a supplement with more specialized readings. 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." Study questions and a list of suggested readings at the end of each selection also provide useful resources for students.

Table of Contents

Approaches to War
Why War?
On Aggression
Warfare Is Only an Invention--Not a Biological Necessity
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
War and Other Essays
Victims of Groupthink
The Causes of War
A Structural Theory of Imperialism
National Images and International Systems
Glamorized Nationalism: Some Examples in Poetry
Redefining Security: The New Global Schisms
Preventing War: Building ""Negative Peace""
The Moral Equivalent of War
Getting to YES
Disarmament Demands GRIT
Ten Nuclear Myths
A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
A Powerful Peace
Finding the Future: The Role of Economic Conversion in Shaping the Twenty-First Century
International Law
An Insider's Guide to the UN
Responding to Terrorism
Terrorism Past and Present
The Clash of Civilizations
Terrorism: Theirs and Ours
Defining a Just War
Dying to Win, The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Terror, The Neglected but Inescapable Core of Terrorism
Building ""Positive Peace""
The Land Ethic
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Global Economic Solidarity
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Human Rights
Civil Disobedience
Letter to Ernest Howard Crosby
Conscientious Objector
Neither Victims Nor Executioners
Ahimsa, or the Way of Nonviolence
Civilian Resistance as a National Defense
Religious Inspiration
The Bhagavad Gita, Hindu
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist)
Tao De Ching, Taoist
The Old Testament, Jewish
The New Testament, Christian
The Meaning of Jihad in Islam
Holy Disobedience
A Devout Meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann
Peace Movements, Transformation, and the Future
Building Utopias in History
On Humane Governance
Sexism and the War System
A Human Approach to World Peace
Empire v. Democracy: Why Nemesis Is at Our Door
No Future Without Forgiveness
Antiwar Activists, Where Are You?
A Few Poetic Visions
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