Lynne Rienner Publishers Logo

Rethinking Peace

Robert Elias and Jennifer Turpin, editors
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-488-9
$22.50
1994/380 pages/LC: 93-38657

"A fascinating account of the global peace movement's response to the end of the Cold War.... It is an invaluable archive of the peace movement in a period of transition."—Canadian Journal of Political Science

"A stimulating book for general reading and especially useful for those working or teaching in the areas dealt with."—International Journal

"Timely, diverse, and controversial.... provides a wealth of new ideas and perspectives, and represents the most recent stage in the systematic study of the causes of war and violence and the conditions of peace.... A genuine contribution."—Choice

DESCRIPTION

With the development of the atomic bomb, Albert Einstein remarked that everything had changed except our thinking about the world. Einstein and Bertrand Russell warned us that "we have to learn to think in a new way. . . . shall we put an end to the human race; or shall we renounce war?"

Unfortunately, we are facing the end of this century still in the midst of wars of various motivations. In response, the editors of Rethinking Peace have compiled a collection of essays designed to encourage readers to think differently about the world and the prospects for peace. Based on rigorous scholarly work, these essays nevertheless have been written to be read by students—to make important points in a short space, and in plain English.

With an emphasis on new thinking and positive strategies for developing a more peaceful world, the authors explore why conventional politics and generations of peace movements have not quelled our fascination with militarism; how we got to where we are now; the kind of thinking that keeps leading us to war; and how we can fundamentally change our thinking so that a peaceful future is more than simply a pipedream.

The forty-five articles—fresh, timely, diverse, and controversial—are sure to provoke meaningful discussion and debate.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Elias is professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies and Legal Studies programs at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Victims of the System, coeditor of The Peace Resource Book, and coauthor (with Jennifer Turpin) of Americans At Home Abroad. He is also editor of the journal Peace Review. Jennifer Turpin is associate professor of sociology and chair of Women's Studies at the University of San Francisco. In addition to Americans At Home Abroad, her publications include Reinventing the Soviet Self and The Web of Violence: From Interpersonal to Global (coedited).

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • OLD THINKING: HOW DID WE GET HERE?
  • The Dictator's Furnace—D.U. Gregory.
  • Columbus and the Crusades—J.J. Fahey.
  • TAKING STOCK: RETHINKING CONTEMPORARY PARADIGMS.
  • Hardware Is Not the Problem—W.A. Schwartz and C. Derber.
  • The New Nationalism in Europe—M. Kaldor.
  • Ethnicity's Threat to Peace—A.A. Said and A.K. Bangura.
  • Conflict Mitigation in Former Yugoslavia—J. Oberg.
  • Confidence Building in the Asia-Pacific—A. Mack.
  • A Middle Eastern Peace Strategy—A.A. Said.
  • NEW IDEAS: CREATING NEW MODELS.
  • National Security News—D. Rubin.
  • Civil Society in Transition—B. Woodward.
  • Aggression Reduction Strategies—A. Goldstein.
  • NEW STRATEGIES: IDEAS INTO ACTION.
  • Grassroots Approach to Peace—C. Alger.
  • Challenging the Japanese Peace Movement—K. Kodama.
  • Directions for the U.S. Peace Movement—R. Peace.