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Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention: Readings

What is Peace Studies?  Our affiliated faculty recommend the following books:

Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall. A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict.

Anderson and McChesney, Property Rights: Cooperation, Conflict, and Law.

Kwame Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.

Gregg Barak, Violence and Nonviolence: Pathways to Understanding.

David P. Barash, Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies [Second Edition].

Michael Blumm, "The Fallacies of Free Market Environmentalism".

Sandra Chedelin et al., Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention, 2nd edition.

Joel Dyer. Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City is Only the Beginning.

Fahey and Armstrong, editors. A Peace Reader: Essential Readings on War, Justice, Non-Violence, and World Order. (Incl. especially Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Gandhi's "Ahimsa, or the Way of Nonviolence," selections from Tolstoy, Niebuhr, Warren Burger, Thoreau, and others.)

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth.

Andrew Fiala, Public War, Private Violence, and the Ethics of political Violence; Practical Pacifism; What Would Jesus Really Do?; The Just Was Myth: The Moral Illusions of War.

Johan Galtung, "Violence, Peace, and Peace Research," "Scientists and the Peace Movement"

Hagan, John & Wenona Rymond-Richmond. (2008) Darfur and the Crime of Genocide.

Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons".

Charles Hauss, International Conflict Resolution

Ho-Won Jeong, Understanding Conflict and Conflict Resolution.

Hans Jonas, "The Practical Uses of Theory; " The Imperative of Responsibility

Mark Juergensmeyer.  Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence.

Immanuel Kant, "Perpetual Peace" and "On the Idea of a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose"

Scott Leckie, Housing, Land, and Property Rights in Post-Conflict United Nations and Other Peace Operations: A Comparative Survey and Proposal for Reform.

Lenton and Muller, editors.  Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice: Better Water Management for Development

Marc Lucht, "Toward Lasting Peace: Kant of Law, Public Reason, and Culture".

C. R. Mitchel, The Structure of International Conflict.

Moser and Carson, Moral Relativism: A Reader.