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TOPIC 4: PEACE RESEARCH

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Peace research

This section includes: general material on peace research; coverage of both the theory and practice of conflict prevention, conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding; and writings on reconciliation, forgiveness, the philosophy of peace, a "culture of peace", the psychology of peace and war, the origins of war, and the anthropology of war. Research on "alternative defence" (in the sense of national non-nuclear, but not exclusively un-armed, options) is also included.

Please remember that many of the older titles included in this list are likely to be second-hand.

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Making Peace Prevail
Preventing Violent Conflict in Macedonia

Alice Ackermann

(Syracuse University Press, New York, USA, 2000)

£23.95

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Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace: Silencing the Guns

Chris Alden, Monika Thakur and Matthew Arnold

(Zed Books, London, 2011)

Bringing together four intensively researched case studies - DR Congo, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Sudan - the authors propose a radical new framework for demilitarisation, which questions conventional models.

pbk £14.99

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Defence without the Bomb

(Taylor & Francis, London, 1983)

The report of the Alternative Defence Commission, dealing with the threats, as well as with military and non-military options.

pbk £4.00

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War

Jeremy Black

(Continuum, London, 2001)

Explores the realities of war in a globalised world - a rationally pessimistic thesis.

pbk £7.00

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Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives

Joanna Bourke

(Virago, London, 2015)

Looks at the bluring of entertainment and violence as "militainment", and how military practices, language and symbols invade our everyday lives.

pbk £12.99

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Constructing Justice and Security after War

(Ed) Charles T Call

(United States Institute of Peace Press, Washington DC, USA, 2007)

pbk £9.50

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Why Peace Fails - The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence

Charles T Call

(Georgetown University Press, Washington DC, USA, 2012)

An important statement on why some states coming out of a civil war move towards peace while others return to violence.

pbk £22.75

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A Liberal Peace? - The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding

(Eds) Susanna Campbell, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam

(Zed Books, London, 2011)

Takes a fresh look at the often polarised debate over the "liberal peace" approach to international intervention.

pbk £14.99 (reduced from £19.99)

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We Kill Because We Can - From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

Laurie Calhoun

(Zed Books, London, 2015)

Dissecting the moral, psychological and cultural impact of remote-control killing. Can a drone operator be likened to a mafia hitman?

hbk £16.99

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The Cost of Britain's Defence

Malcolm Chalmers

(Bradford University School of Peace Studies / Housmans, 1983)

No 10 in the Peace Studies Papers series.

pmphlt £3.00

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Empowerment for Peace Service - A Curriculum for Education and Training in Violence Prevention, Nonviolent Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

(Christian Council of Sweden, 1996)

pbk £3.50

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People Power - Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

(Ed) Howard Clark

(Pluto Press, London, 2009)

The contributors place nonviolent struggles in an international context, without shying away from difficult debates.

pbk £17.99

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Anti-Militarism - Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements

Cynthia Cockburn

(Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012)

Looking at the cohesiveness and coherence of peace movements, the author presents original case studies of anti-war, anti-militarist and peace campaigns, in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Uganda, and the UK.

pbk £19.99

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From Where We Stand - War, Women's Activism and Feminist Analysis

Cynthia Cockburn

(Zed Books, London, 2007)

This study examines women's activism against war in areas as far apart as Sierra Leone, India, Colombia and Palestine. She discusses how nationalism, masculinity, racism and misogyny fuel militarism, and shows how gender is inseparably linked to the perpetuation of war.

pbk £18.99

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The Line: Women, Partition and the Gender Order in Cyprus

Cynthia Cockburn

(Zed Books, London, 2004)

Based on research amongst Cypriot women, this study documents the life of a remarkable women's project. Women take protest into the streets, calling for peace and the inclusion of women into a new Cypriot society.

pbk £18.99

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The Space Between Us - Negotiating Gender and National Identities in Conflict

Cynthia Cockburn

(Zed Books, London, 2003)

A highly original study, looking at the processes sustaining conflict in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Deals with collective identities, gender, and nationalist thought and practice.

pbk £13.99

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Can War be Eliminated?

Christopher Coker

(Polity Press, Cambridge, 2014)

A philosopher of war looks at the embeddedeness of war in our cultures. He suggests there is an inconvenient truth that we will not see the end of war until is exhausts its own evolutionary possibilities.

pbk £9.99

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The True Cost of Conflict

(Ed) Michael Cranna

(Earthscan Publications, London, 1994)

This book looks at the human and other cost of conflicts, using seven detailed case studies from around the world, covering several decades.

pbk £4.50

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The Fragile Voice of Love

Adam Curle

(Jon Carpenter Publishing, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, 2006)

Adam Curle, who died only months after this was published, was an academic as well as a behind-the-scenes mediator in various international conflicts. Here, he looks at the psychological consequences of a non-peaceful way of life.

pbk £11.99

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Pulling the Punches - Defeating Domestic Violence

Luke Daniels

(Bogle-L'Ouverture Press, London, 2009)

Adressed specifically to perpetrators of domestic violence - but survivors reading it will find much that gives them power, and helps with their safety.

pbk £10.95

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Preventing Ethnic Conflict: Successful Cross - National Strategies

Irwin Deutscher with Linda Lindsey

(Lexington Books, Maryland, USA, 2005)

£18.99

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Working With Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action

Simon Fisher et al

(Zed Books, London, & Responding to Conflict, Birmingham, 2007)

A very visual source book, with lots of practical tools - processes, ideas and techniques developed by practitioners over many years.

pbk £17.99

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From Pacification to Peacebuilding - A Call to Global Transformation

Diana Francis

(Pluto Press, London, 2010)

Drawing on the traditions of nonviolence and pacifism, and interpreting them in the light of new situations and experience, the author shows why we must break with the sterile ineffectuality of top-down approaches.

pbk £17.99

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People, Peace and Power - Conflict Transformation in Action

Diana Francis

(Pluto, 2002)

"It is time for the right location and exercise of power to be re-examined ... never before has there been a greater need to demythologise violence." - from the Preface.

hbk £54.95

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Rethinking War and Peace

Diana Francis

(Pluto, 2004)

An eloquent head-on challenge to the belief that war as an institution is either necessary or effective, the book explores alternative ways of confronting aggression and injustice.

pbk £11.99

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Cultural Action for Freedom

Paulo Freire

(Penguin Education, 1975)

pbk £1.50

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The Human Potential for Peace - An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions about War and Violence

Douglas P Fry

(Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 2006)

Challenging the view that humans are by nature warlike, the author argues that cultural beliefs asserting the inevitability of violence can bias our interpretations and could blind us to the possibility of achieving security without war.

pbk £30.00

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Pax Pacifica: Terrorism, the Pacific Hemisphere, Globalisation and Peace Studies

Johan Galtung

(Pluto Press, 2006)

pbk £15.99

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Power: Nonviolent Transformation from the Transpersonal to the Transnational

Tom H Hastings

(Hamilton Books, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2005)

An overview of nonviolent power potential, examining it on personal, community, and transnational levels.

pbk £24.95

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Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate

Michael Henderson

(Grosvenor Books, 2002)

pbk £11.50

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Nation-Building: A Key Concept for Peaceful Conflict Transformation?

(Ed) Jochen Hippler

(Pluto Press, 2005)

£17.99

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War Dance: A Study of the Psychology of War

E Graham Howe

(Faber & Faber, London, 1937)

Based on the author's series of lectures on this theme in 1936 and 1937.

hbk £5.50

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Standing Your Ground: Territorial Disputes and International Conflict

Paul K Huth

(University of Michigan Press, USA, 2001)

Examines over 100 territorial disputes between 1950 and 1990, and produces theoretical ideas integrating different approaches.

pbk £7.50

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Hidden Voices: Working Creatively with Conflict - A Collection of Personal Stories

Ann Jordan

(VBW Publishing, Texas, USA, 2006)

pbk £11.25

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The Moral Imagination - The Art and Soul of Building Peace

John Paul Lederach

(Oxford University Press, 2010)

Insights, stories and metaphors that captivate the moral imagination; inspiring and uplifting.

pbk £12.99

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Why We Kill - Understanding violence across cultures and disciplines

(Eds) Nancy Loucks, Sally Smith Holt and Joanna R Adler

(Routledge, Abingdon, 2009)

An examination of the way that killings in different contexts are perceived so differently - though with the occasional controversial view of what constitutes life.

pbk £22.99

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Expeditionary War or Territorial Defence

Alan Mackinnon

(Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Glasgow, 2009)

pmphlt £1.00

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Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire

Brian Martin

(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2007)

Another fine book from this author, relating academic ideas to real-life experiences, showing how popular outrage at state or corporate crimes can be constructively developed. This will be especially welcomed by anyone who heard Brian's presentations on this theme at the WRI's 2006 Triennial conference in Germany.

pbk £21.95

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War Prevention Works - 50 stories of people resolving conflict

Dylan Mathews

(Oxford Research Group, Oxford, 2001)

Highlights the tools and techniques used by ordinary people to help resolve conflicts around the world.

pbk £6.50

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The Aftermath: Women in Post-Conflict Transformation

Sheila Meintjes, Anu Pillay and Meredith Turshen

(Zed Books, London, 2001)

This book assserts that there is no aftermath for women - a truce does not bring an end to gendered violence. It is too late to leave the transformation of patriarchal gender relations to the post-war period.

hbk £25.00

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Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements

Bill Moyer

(New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, 2001)

Argues that the apparent ups and downs of a social movement's fortunes follow a pattern which can be used to plan and carry out more effective social action.

pbk £11.99

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Peace in Our Time: Towards a holistic understanding of world society conflicts

Anders Nilsson

(Department of Peace and Development Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 1999)

Lessons for the world, based primarily on what was learned from a study of Mozambique.

pbk £5.50

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War is not Inevitable

(Peace Book Co, London, 1938)

Based on the lectures given as the 13th "Problems of Peace" series at the Geneva Institute for International Relations in August 1938. An illuminating insight into the hopelessness of non-pacifist approaches to the approach of world war.

hbk £25.00

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Pathogenesis of War

(Ed) Margaret Penrose

(HK Lewis & Co, London, 1963)

The proceedings of a conference held at Oxford in July 1962 by the Medical Association for the Prevention of War. A wonderful collection - around a dozen contributions, including Nigel Calder on deterrence theory, Anthony Storr asking whether conflict is inevitable, and Gene Sharp.

hbk £14.00

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker

(Penguin, London, 2012)

Weaving together psychology and history, the author presents a plausible case that human civilisation's progress has been such that war and other forms of violence have been - in the long term - steadily decreasing. However, when looking at why (on an inter-state scale) this might be, he tries to overcome "the pacifist's dilemma" - based on the same negative-sum paradox as the classic logical puzzle of "the prisoner's dilemma" - by positing various subtle theories, but not the obvious one: namely that pacifism is not the same as non-resistance, nor the acceptance of "defeat", nor an absence of effective struggle.

pbk £12.99

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Tanks and Trolleys: Why economic policies matter in security thinking

Alison Prout

(Quaker Books, London, 2006)

Looks afresh at the challenges of peacebuilding by outlining the connection betwen poverty and wealth distribution and the likelihood of violent conflict. Emphasies what real security is all about, as opposed to state-to-state military relations.

pmphlt £5.00

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Discussing Alternatives to Military Intervention - Reports from a Quaker seminar in London, October 2000

(Quaker Books, London, 2002)

The material deals with the problems of peaceful prevention of genocide and armed conflict, looks at examples from past and present conflict zones, and considers the role of governmental and non-governmental organisations.

pbk £3.50

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Electoral Systems and Conflict in Divided Societies

Ben Reilly and Andrew Reynolds

(National Academy Press, Washington, DC, USA, 1999)

pbk £5.00

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Strategies for Peace - Contributions of International Organizations, States, and Non-State Actors

(Eds) Volker Rittberger and Martina Fischer

(Barbara Budrich Publishers, Opladen, Germany, 2008)

How can sustainable peace be achieved? This book identifies potential state and non-state actors involved in peacebuilding processes, and develops strategies to address the problems and dilemmas of international peacebuilding.

pbk £16.95

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Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial Defence

Adam Roberts

(Chatto & Windus, London, 1976)

A classic text - a systematic study of the topic.

hbk £7.50

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Inventing Collateral Damage - Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire

(Eds) Stephen J Rockel and Rick Halpern

(Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada, 2009)

A collection of varied studies of civilian casualties in the history of warfare.

pbk £18.95

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Violence & Democratic Society - New Approaches to Human Rights

Jamil Salmi

(Zed Books, London, 1993)

The book looks at definitions of human rights which are applicable in different societies.

pbk £13.00

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Keeping the Peace - Exploring Civilian Alternatives in Conflict Prevention

Lisa Schirch

(Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 1995)

An excellent study of the varieties of civil intervention, looking at what is appropriate and when it is appropriate.

pbk £4.00

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The Psychological Problem of Disarmament

Philip Seed

(Housmans, London, 1966)

Of all the many peace-related books which are long out of print, this wonderful book by the late Philip Seed must be one of the most missed. There seems to have been no similar publication since then which so clearly and concisely deals with the issues covered here in a way which is as accessible to the lay activist. It looks, amongst other things, at the behaviour of states which, if they were people, would attract a psychatric diagnosis of insanity. En route, it also deals with the almost universal error of personalising the state.

pbk £9.50

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Researching Violently Divided Societies

(Eds) Marie Smyth and Gillian Robinson

(Pluto Press, London, 2001)

pbk £14.99

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The Israeli Dilemma: Essays on a Warfare State

Georges R Tamarin

(Rotterdam University Press, 1973)

A socio-psychological look at the situation.

pbk £2.00

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Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War

W Trotter

(T Fisher Unwin, London, 1916)

hbk £8.00

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Walking the Tightrope: Do UN peacekeeping operations actually contribute to durable peace?

Jair van der Lijn

(Dutch University Press, 2006)

pbk £25.00

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The Least of All Possible Evils - Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza

Eyal Weizman

(Verso, London, 2011)

A set of essays dealing with the complexities of understanding violence. Takes the reader into the heart of contemporary necro-politics, examining the dark side of the so-called pragamatism of "the lesser evil". A forensic-architectural investigation of sites of contemporary conflict.

hbk £16.99

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Violence

(Ed) Neil L Whitehead

(School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, USA / James Currey, UK, 2004)

Takes the reader into the heart of contemoprary necro-politics, examining the dark side of the so-called pragamatism of "the lesser evil". A forensic-architectural investigation of sites of contemporary conflict.

pbk £16.95

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ORGANISATIONS you can contact which are concerned with some of the issues here include:


Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Dept of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorks BD7, Britain (tel +44-1274-235235; fax 235240; web www.brad.ac.uk/acad/confres).


Oxford Research Group (ORG), Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, London EC2A 4LT, Britain (tel +44-20-7549 0298; fax 7681 1668; e-mail org@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk; web www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk).


For further useful contacts see the Directory published in the latest Housmans Peace Diary, or online at www.housmans.info/wpd