Monday, November 03, 2008

Studying Peace (and Conflict)

(List compiled by Rebecca Glasscock)

At Bluegrass Community and Technical College we teach two team-taught, interdisciplinary (one historical and one contemporary) Peace Studies courses as a part of a minor-emphasis. Here are the books we have been looking at for the contemporary course. We are very interested in checking out other Peace and Conflict Studies courses:
Dear All,

I just wanted to update you on the quest for good textbook(s) for HUM 221. I’m leaning toward the following:

• Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas by David Cortright, 2008, Cambridge University Press, 9780521670005, $29.99

• Atlas of War and Peace by Dan Smith, 2003, Penguin, 9780142002940, $20.00

Here’s the status on other texts that I originally proposed:

• Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace and Sustainability; new edition coming out on January 5, 2009; it is a sociology text and upon further reading, I don’t think it is a great fit

• PeaceJam: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace; this would be a nice book, but as it features teenagers, I think it might be perceived as a little juvenile

• Peace: 50 Years of Protest; at $29.95, the price is right but I think it is more of a coffee table book than a text

Some peace texts that are available in UK and/or BCTC libraries:

• All Her Paths are Peace: Women Pioneers in Peacemaking, BCTC JX1962.A2H46 1994

• All of One Peace: Essays on Nonviolence (Colman McCarthy – the person who sparks Carol’s interest in a peace studies program), BCTC HM278.M34

• Beyond War, R. Glasscock’s personal copy

• Ecology of War and Peace, R. Glasscock’s personal copy

• Gender, Peace, and Conflict, BCTC e-book.

• Geography of Peace and War, UK’s Young Library, 5th floor, UA990.G36 1985; BCTC e-book

• Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid; it’s available at UK’s Young Library, 4th floor, call number DS119.7.C3583 2006.

• Peace as a Women’s Issue, BCTC, JX1965.A45 1993

• Peace and Conflict Studies by Barash and Webel; there’s a 2008 edition out, but the 2002 edition is available at UK’s Young Library, 4th floor, call number JZ5538.B37. M. Benton has a copy of the 2008 edition.

• Peace Reader: Essential Readings on War, Justice, Non-violence, and World Order. BCTC, JX1952.P345 1992.

• Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace, UK’s Young Library, 4th floor JZ5538.P685 2002; BCTC e-book

• Rethinking Globalization, R. Glasscock’s personal copy

• Three Cups of Tea; it’s available at the Leestown library.

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