Peace and Conflict Studies by David P. Barash

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"I teach an introductory course on this topic and can think of no other useful text in the field…I like the organization and scope of this volume―beginning with the nature and causes of war, then proceeding to 'negative' peace, and then 'positive' peace. I also liked the extensive use of literary fragments―my students would relate to that….There's a need for it and I think the authors are on the right track."

-Michael Klare

Hampshire College


This core textbook comprehensively introduces students to the relatively young interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. This field is unabashedly value-oriented, and although the authors are up front about their own values and opinions, they attempt to present all sides of complex debates to assist students in forming personal and social opinions, insisting only that those opinions be informed by serious intellectual effort. A hallmark of the book is an effort to encourage independent and critical thinking among student readers. 



About David P. Barash

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David P. Barash (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) has been with the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington since 1973. His studies span animal behavior and social psychology, with concentrations in sociobiology, psychological aspects of the arms race and nuclear war, peace studies, and animal behavior and evolution. A prolific author, he has written more than 250 technical articles and 31 books ranging from monographs to college textbooks to popular trade titles. His book, Introduction to Peace Studies (1991), was the first comprehensive undergraduate textbook in the field of Peace Studies. Charles Webel (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor at the University of New York, Prague. A three-time Fulbright Scholar and graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Webel has pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute, and the Universities of Paris, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg. He recently taught in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Berkeley and the Honors College of University of South Florida. He is the author or editor of seven books.
Published March 19, 2002 by SAGE Publications, Inc. 592 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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