Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas by David CortrightPeace: A History of Movements and Ideas by David Cortright

Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

byDavid Cortright

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Veteran scholar and peace activist David Cortright offers a definitive history of the human striving for peace and an analysis of its religious and intellectual roots. This authoritative, balanced, and highly readable volume traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism from their origins in earlier centuries through the mass movements of recent decades: the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s. Also explored are the underlying principles of peace - nonviolence, democracy, social justice, and human rights - all placed within a framework of 'realistic pacifism'. Peace brings the story up-to-date by examining opposition to the Iraq War and responses to the so-called 'war on terror'. This is history with a modern twist, set in the context of current debates about 'the responsibility to protect', nuclear proliferation, Darfur, and conflict transformation.
David Cortright is President of the Fourth Freedom Forum and Research Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.
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Title:Peace: A History of Movements and IdeasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:387 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:June 2, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas “David Cortright’s PEACE shows that it is possible to prevent the scourge of war and create a more just and peaceful future—if we are prepared to learn the lessons of history and apply proven peacemaking knowledge. This is a hopeful but realistic book that deserves to be read and studied widely.” --Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General, the United Nations. In a year that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the peace symbol, it is fitting that one should be so prominently displayed on the front of David Cortright’s recently published Peace, a History of Movements and Ideas (Cambridge University Press 2008). Veteran scholar and peace activist Cortright has shaped much of the history about which he writes, first as a soldier initiator of the successful movement against the Vietnam War from within Army ranks; in the 1980s as the director of SANE, the largest antinuclear organization in the U.S.; in 2002 as the initiator of the popular Win Without War movement; and now as an international diplomatic consultant and scholar who is not only still actively working in the grass roots trenches, but is also showing others how to successfully wage peace against the forces of violence and war. Cortright has plenty to say about the how the oft-overlooked and dismissed tools of realistic pacifism have been honed by history and can be employed to most successfully address some of our stickiest global issues of violence---the crisis in Iraq, the bungled diplomacy in Iran, famine and displacement of large populations caused by war. Violent conflict is the direct and indirect protagonist of most of the suffering in the world, and Cortright shows how the reliance on tools of violence have failed to solve global differences time and time again. Peace is an education in itself and should be bedtime reading for every policy practitioner involved in global decision making. The concepts in this book should be taught in schools alongside the general history courses that continue to rely heavily on the vantage point of warriors. The lessons of history have often been the lessons of violence and its use. It is no mistake that Cambridge University Press chose David Cortright to write this book. He has risen to the occasion and offered up a working history of peace that no one else could. ### "Peace offers a definitive history of the human striving for peace and an analysis of its religious and intellectual roots. This authoritative, balanced, and highly readable volume traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism from their origins in earlier centuries through the mass movements of recent decades: the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s." --Cambridge University Press.
Date published: 2008-07-30

Table of Contents

1. What is peace; Part I. Movements: 2. The first peace societies; 3. Towards internationalism; 4. Facing Fascism; 5. Debating Disarmament; 6. Confronting the Cold War; 7. Banning the bomb; 8. Refusing war; Part II. Themes: 9. Religion; 10. A force more powerful; 11. Democracy; 12. Social Justice; 13. Responsibility to protect; 14. A moral equivalent; 15. Realizing disarmament; 16. Realistic pacifism.

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"..indepth history of efforts to prevent war..." --Veteran