Peace and Conflict Studies: A Reader is a comprehensive and
intensive introduction to the key works in this growing field.
Peace and conflict studies, incorporating anthropology, sociology,
political science, ethics, theology and history, aims to uncover
the roots of conflict, transform the underlying causes, develop
preventive strategies, and teach conflict resolution skills. As a
trans-disciplinary inquiry into the nature of peace and the reasons
for wars and other forms of human conflict, this discipline has
grown exponentially since its birth about a half-century ago. Since
2000, in particular, there has been a sharp increase in peace and
conflict studies curricula, particularly in the number of
postgraduate peace studies programs. Presenting a range of
theories, methodologies, and approaches to understanding peace and
to transforming conflict, it contains both classic and cutting-edge
contemporary analyses. The book has six general sections: PART I:
The Meanings and History of Peace - philosophical, religious,
social-scientific, and historical perspectives on the genealogy,
history, and somewhat contested nature of peace and its study. PART
II: The Meanings and Nature of Conflict - focusing on the reasons
for violent conflicts, wars, and terrorism. PART III: The History
of Peace and Conflict - histories of peace and social protest
movements in general, and of democracy and nonviolent social
movements in China and the former Soviet bloc in particular. PART
IV: Conflict Management, Resolution, and Transformation - focuses
on contending approaches to conflict management, resolution, and
transformation, and includes assessments of diplomacy, realpolitik,
international law, nonviolent revolutionary movements, disarmament,
and reconciliation. PART V: Nonviolent Action and Social Change -
classic essays on nonviolence in theory and as a way of life, as
well as contemporary asssessments of nonviolence as a means of
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