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Book Publication: Peace: A World History
an article by Antony Adolf

My name is Antony Adolf and I am writing because I believe CPNN readers may be interested in the publication of my Peace: A World History. As the author, it would be a privilege to engage with CPNN readers in the form of interviews, in blog posts, contributing statements, readings, workshops or otherwise, I am available for participation this year (possibly next) and would be happy to discuss such opportunities with your readers. My email is antonyadolf [at], please feel free to contact me directly.

A brief description of the book and publication details are presented below. Press releases and kits may be available upon request, as are other informational materials for distribution. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage circulating this information widely as appropriate, including it in relevant publications and websites, requesting the book at your libraries and bookstores, and stocking the book at your site’s store.

How peace has been made and maintained, experienced and imagined is not only a matter of historical interest, but also of pressing concern. Peace: A World History is the first study to explore the full spectrum of peace and peacemaking from prehistoric to contemporary times in a single volume aimed at improving their prospects.

By focusing on key periods, events, people, ideas and texts, the book shows how the inspiring possibilities and pragmatic limits of peace and peacemaking were shaped by their cultural contexts and, in turn, shaped local and global histories. Diplomatic, pacifist, legal, transformative non-violent and anti-war movements are just a few prominent examples.

Proposed and performed in socio-economic, political, religious, philosophical and other ways, the presentation of the diversity of peace and peacemaking challenges the notions that peace is solely the absence of war, that this negation is the only task of peacemakers, and that history is exclusively written by military victors. "Without the victories of peacemakers and the resourcefulness of the peaceful," the book contends, "there would be no history to write."

This book is essential reading for students, scholars, policy-shapers, activists and general readers involved with how present forms of peace and peacemaking have been influenced by those of the past, and how future forms can benefit by taking these into account.

Title of Work: Peace: A World History
Author: Antony Adolf
Publisher: Polity Press, Wiley Distributor
Price: $27.95/Paperback, $69.95/Hardcover
Publication: February 2009 (EU)/ April 2009 (US)
ISBN: 9780745641256 and 9780745641263

[Editor's note: Click here for the book's table of contents.]


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Here is the table of contents of the book, Peace: A World History:

Table of Contents

Introduction - How Does Peace Have a World History?
Chapter One - Survival of the Peaceful: Prehistory to the First  Civilizations
Pre-Human Peace and Peacemaking
Prehistoric Evolutions of Peace
Peace, Peacemaking and the First Civilizations
Chapter Two - Peace in the Ancient West: Egypt, Greece and Rome
A Tale of Two Worlds: Peace and Peacemaking in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece, Cradle of Western Peace and Peacemaking?
One Empire, One Peace: The Rise of Rome to the Pax Romana's Decline
Chapter Three - Peace in the Ancient East: India, China and Japan
The Many, the Few, the One: Peace and Peacemaking in Ancient India
Harmonies and Antinomies of Ancient China
Foreign Influences and Native Peace in Japanese History
Chapter Four - Monotheistic Peaces: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Shalom: Peace in the Torah and its Times
"Our" Universal Peace: From Christ to Constantine
A Pillar of Peace: The Qur'an and its World
Chapter Five - Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Peaces
A Tale of Two Cities: Medieval Peace and Peacemaking
(Re)Births of Peace: Renaissance Revivals of and Departures from Traditions
Reforming Christian Peace and Peacemaking
Chapter Six - Peace, Peacemaking and the Ascent of Nation-States
Intra-National Peace and Peacemaking
Inter-National Peace and Peacemaking
Peace and Peacemaking Despite Nation-States
Chapter Seven - Colonial and Imperial Peace and Peacemaking
Peaces of the World: Colonial Peace and Peacemaking
The World in Peaces: Imperial Peace and Peacemaking
Chapter Eight - Modern Economics of Peace and Peacemaking
Capitalism: The Profitability of Peace and the Cost of War
Who Owns Peace? Socialist Perspectives
Chapter Nine - Peace in the Twentieth Century, Part One: 1900-1949
The "War to End all Wars"
The Peace to End all Peace?
Chapter Ten - Peace in the Twentieth Century, Part Two: 1949-1989
Cold War/Hot Peace
One World, Many Peaces
Chapter Eleven - The Presents of Peace
Globalization: Peace at the End of History
Threatening Opportunities: Terrorism, Technology, New Media and Peace
Conclusion - The Pyramid of Peace: Past, Present and Future
Selected Bibliography
Works Cited

This report was posted on February 27, 2009.