From War to Peace
A Guide to the Next Hundred Years
About the Book
The world’s first peace organizations emerged in the 19th century and since that time, anti-war activism has progressed rapidly. This illuminating book presents a realistic analysis of the extent to which the war system has infiltrated all aspects of Western culture and how it works to perpetuate war rather than promote peace. Additionally, the text describes the historically recent and still evolving parallel system of peace institutions. The values and ideas that have grown out of peace activism offer a very real opportunity to outlaw war in the coming century just as slavery was abolished in the 19th century.
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About the Author(s)
Kent D. Shifferd has taught for 35 years at Northland College, the University of Wisconsin, Ripon College, and United Theological Seminary. He is a founder and former executive director of the 21-school consortium, the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Kent D. Shifferd
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
SECTION I. WAR
1. Describing and Analyzing War 15
2. The Psychology of Killing 39
3. The War System, Part 1 55
4. The War System, Part 2 76
SECTION II. PEACE
5. Defining Peace 103
6. The History of Peace in Ancient and Medieval Times 112
7. The History of Peace, 1800 to the Present 126
8. The Successes of Nonviolent Struggle 143
9. Abolishing War and Building a Comprehensive Peace System 168
10. The Wellsprings of Peace 187
Appendix 1: Twenty-Three Trends of the Last 100 Years Leading to the Evolution of a Peace System 203
Appendix 2: Some Common Terms to Research for Further Information and Websites 206
Appendix 3: A Sampling of Peace Organizations on the World Wide Web 207
Chapter Notes 209
Book Reviews & Awards
“highly recommendable”—Journal of Peace Education; “details the successes of nonviolent struggle and ideas for abolishing war and building a comprehensive peace system”—Reference & Research Book News.