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The Glorious Art of Peace


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Introduction 1: The Perception of Peace and War 2: Ancient Peace: From Homer to the Hundred Schools 3: The Morality of Peace: from Jesus to the Crusades 4: The Humanist Approach: Erasmus and Shakespeare 5: The Growth of Peace Consciousness: From Kant to The Hague 6: Alternatives to War: The League of Nations and Non-Violence 7: The Misappropriation of Peace: From the UN to the Cold War 8: Giving Peace a Chance: From the Cold War to Iraq Conclusion: Peace in the 21st Century Select Bibliography Notes Index

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John Gittings was for many years chief foreign leader-writer and East Asia Editor at The Guardian, and is now on the editorial board of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace and a research associate of the Centre of Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies. After working at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, he began reporting on China during the Cultural Revolution, and later covered major events such as Tiananmen Square and the Hong Kong handover. He has also written extensively on the politics of the cold war and was active in the International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace. His last book was The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market (2005), also published by Oxford University Press.


`an excellent, comprehensive bibliography.' Roger Morgan, Times Higher Education Supplement `An urgent, lucid, and perceptive account of a subject which remains sadly neglected in favour of the study of war.' Charles Townshend, editor of The Oxford History of Modern War `This comprehensive history of the arts of peace was an ambitious undertaking that has resulted in a fine study' Sean Lowe, Irish Times `This is a marvellous book combining a remarkable historical perspective with a real sense of current predicaments. John Gittings brings a breadth of knowledge and understanding into the interpretation of peace that provides a much-needed antidote to the emphasis on conflict that is currently so pervasive. In doing so, he achieves the rare feat of combining a hard-headed approach to the issues with a sense of optimism that is rooted in experience. A hugely welcome addition to the literature on peace, and of great value to scholar, student or activist - indeed anyone committed to seeking a more peaceful world. ' Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford

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