PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE
This section is a key part of the Housmans stock.
The origins of Housmans are in the peace movement (and especially the pacifist end of the peace movement), though of course we carry a very wide range of radical, alternative and political literature - after all, part of the pacifist philosophy is to encourage the widest range of debate and discussion.
To learn more about what this section contains, and how it's organised, read on; or to go directly to the booklists themselves, use the links at the bottom of this page.
The peace section includes books (and pamphlets) dealing with all aspects of peace and anti-war campaigning - both against war in general and relating to specific wars - as well as texts dealing with disarmament, and with nonviolent approaches to conflict prevention and conflict resolution. We also have some material looking at "strategic thinking" at a governmental level, and there are many items dealing with particular sorts of weaponry - especially nuclear weapons. Coverage includes the philosophy, the practice and the history of anti-war campaigning and of both pacifist and non-pacifist peace movements.
Key theoreticians and practitioners of nonviolence and nonviolent action, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, are well represented in terms of writings both by them and about them. We also have texts on the theory and practice of nonviolent action (including both direct action and civil disobedience) which cover actions in connection with other issues besides just anti-war campaigning; and we have material dealing with pacifist communities and nonviolent lifestyles.
Because this section is such a speciality, and many important texts are long out of print, then in order to provide the widest range of relevant material we have included many secondhand books. These books are integrated with the new books in the sorting of material on the shelves and in these lists. This is the only category of the shop's stock where significant amounts of secondhand stock is integrated in this way.
The section is subdivided (on both the shelves and the website) to help users find their way around the hundreds of titles available - see the categories below, with links to the individual lists. Because of the turnover of stock, we can't guarantee that these lists are always exactly identical to what you can find on the shelves. And in the case of the older books, once sold they often can't be re-sourced - so if you want anything of this sort, don't delay. It's always best to call into the shop in person if you can - not least since new items might not be shown here yet.
The subdivision of this section is broadly defined as follows...
...but you should also see the notes at the start of each individual list for a fuller explanation of what's included. Where appropriate, a book might be shown under more than one of these categories.
LISTS BY TOPIC (Titles in the main lists are also included in appropriate topic lists, but - of course - the topic lists contain many items not in the main lists.)
Topic 1: Pacifism and nonviolence
Topic 2: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, etc
Topic 3: Peace education
Topic 4: Peace research
Topic 5: Women and peace
Topic 6: Lifestyles and religious
Topic 7: Disarmament, arms race
Topic 8: Nuclear and other WMDs
Topic 9: Arms trade
Topic 10: Specific wars
Topic 11: "Terrorism" [Classification not yet available]
Topic 12: Peace movement history
Topic 13: Miscellaneous topics
Topic 14: General peace issues
Topic 15: Relevant fiction and poetry
Topic 16: Journals [Classification not yet available]
Topic 17: Reference [Classification not yet available]
USERS PLEASE NOTE:
Further classic second-hand titles are being added regularly. If you can't find what you want on these lists, check back in a while, or call into the shop and ask.