Peace Movements Worldwide

by Marc Pilisuk and Michael N. Nagler, Editors


From Veterans for Peace to the Nonviolent Peace Force, from UN initiatives to local actions by women in Colombia and Kenya, and from citizen diplomats to creative conflict resolvers to survivors of genocide, this set tells the stories of ideas, people, and worldwide organizations striving to help humanity realize its never-ending yearning for peace.

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December 2010


Pages 1150
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society

This three-volume anthology is a comprehensive overview of how the human yearning for peace has played out, and is playing out, on this planet.

Peace Movements Worldwide is quite simply the most comprehensive work of its kind on this important subject. In its three volumes, experts document the history and growth of the peace movement, why it is important, who gets involved, and how it can succeed.

Organized by major themes and issues, the work examines every facet of human striving for peace, from the global to the personal. The first volume, History and Vitality of Peace Movements, explores the meaning of peace—its historical, philosophical, and biological foundations and related spiritual, gender, social, and economic viewpoints. The second volume, Players and Practices in Resistance to War, discusses control over weapons, efforts to prevent and end violent conflict, and efforts to heal the traumatic aftereffects of violence. The third volume, Peace Efforts That Work and Why, looks at how mankind can build a new world order by building communities with a sustainable culture of peace.


  • Is the first work on the subject of peace movements to offer this level of depth and breadth and to capture the pulse of this multifacted effort to create a world of peace with justice
  • Features more than 70 insightful articles, many of them original to this anthology, by a team of cross-disciplinary scholars from the fields of psychology, sociology, history, political science, women’s studies, psychiatry, and more
  • Combines personal reminiscences and theoretical studies


  • Reveals a side of human nature and human possibility that we rarely perceive in the mass media, one that gives hope that, despite all the violence, we can achieve a better world
  • Showcases the intellectual breadth of peacework as it reaches into, or arises from, such topics as gender, law, religion, psychology, economics, and society
  • Reveals “best practices” along with heartrending stories of suffering and failure
Author Info

Marc Pilisuk, professor emeritus at the University of California, is currently on the faculty at the San Francisco-based Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. He is a founding member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and of the first antiwar teach-in in 1965. He is cochair of the working group on global violence and security for The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, and the author of many books and articles dealing with issues of peace, poverty, and social justice, including his most recent book, Praeger's Who Benefits from Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System.

Michael N. Nagler, professor emeritus at the University of California, founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, and author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace For Ourselves, Our Families, Our World, among other works.

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