Peace and Conflict Studies
- Publish Date: 2002-03-19
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: David P. Barash;Charles P. Webel
I teach an introductory course on this topic and can think of no other useful text in the fieldI like the organization and scope of this volumebeginning with the nature and causes of war, then proceeding to negative peace, and then positive peace. I also liked the extensive use of literary fragmentsmy students would relate to that.Theres a need for it and I think the authors are on the right track.
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.