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Question: What are the most important books about the culture of peace? CPNN article: Waging Nonviolent Struggle: A Book Review
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

Waging Nonviolent Struggle: A Book Review
A Hero for Our Time: Book Review of Elise Boulding
Books on Peace Education: Call for Manuscripts
Commemorative Publication of the UNESCO Chair of Education for Peace
Gender Perspective on a Culture of Peace: A Book Review
Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring, and Learning Tool Kit
Education for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding:  Meeting the global challenges of the 21st century
Johan Galtung: Pioneer of Peace Research, edited by Dietrich Fischer : (a review)
The Nonviolence Handbook: A book review
Book review: Culture of Peace, A Utopia that is Possible
Book Review: Towards Less Adversarial Cultures by Ray Cunnington

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CPNN Administrator
Posted: April 27 2007,15:01

A number of reviews have been published by CPNN which should be on a culture of peace reading list.

In addition to the two on which this question is based (Waging Nonviolent Struggle: A Book Review and A Hero for Our Time: Book Review of Elise Boulding, the list should include the following:

Nonkilling Global Political Science by Glenn Paige (See also a second review).

No Future Without Forgiveness by Bishop Desmond Tutu.

The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler.

Other books that have not been reviewed on CPNN but which I believe should be on any reading list include:

Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History, by Elise Boulding (2000)

Peace by Peaceful Means, by Johan Galtung (1996)

Justice Seekers Peace Makers: 32 Portraits in Courage, by Michael True (1985)

To Construct Peace: 30 More Justice Seekers, Peace Makers, by Michael True (1992)

(See CPNN discussion on peace heroes)

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1994)

I hope that others will add to this list by replying on this discussion question and reviewing new books that should be on the list.
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Posted: June 04 2011,07:55

I'd like to add to this list the culture of peace trilogy written by David Adams who is the administrator of this site:

The History of the Culture of War

World Peace through the Town Hall: A Strategy for the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace

I Have Seen the Promised Land: A Utopian Novella
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CPNN Administrator
Posted: July 05 2011,13:08

The following three books are recommended by the jhon foundation.  CPNN would welcome reviews of one or more of these books:

1. Peace education: A pathway to a culture of peace (2nd Edition)

edited by  Loreta Navarro-Castro and  Jasmin Nario-Galace

Publisher:  Center for Peace Education

209-page pdf book designed to provide educators with the basic knowledge base as well as the skill- and value-orientations that we associate with educating for a culture of peace. Although this work is primarily directed towards the pre-service and in-service preparation of teachers in the formal school system, it may be used in nonformal education.

Part I presents chapters that are meant to help us develop a holistic understanding of peace and peace education. Part II discusses the key themes in peace education. Each chapter starts with a conceptual essay on a theme and is followed by some practical teaching-learning ideas that can either be used in a class or adapted to a community setting. Part III focuses on the peaceable learning climate and the educator, the agent who facilitates the planting and nurturing of the seeds of peace in the learning environment. Finally, the whole school approach is introduced to suggest the need for institutional transformation and the need to move beyond the school towards engagement with other stakeholders in the larger society.

The book is available on the web at http://www.peace-ed-campaign.org/resourc....AL2.pdf

2. Peacemaking and Democratisation in Africa. Theoretical Perspectives and Church Initiatives (Heinemann Frontline Series)

edited by Hizkias Assefa and George Wachira


In what has become known as Africa's "second liberation", there has been a renewed drive from within for peace and good governance. Church leaders have been key actors in this drive as is evident in their peacemaking initiatives and their commitment to peaceful change. African scholars explore in this book the transition phenomenon as it unfolded in East and Southern Africa. They reflect on the theological, historical, philosophical and traditional perpsectives of the churches' involvement in the socio-political transition in Africa. Case studies of South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zambia, Zaire and Kenya have been used with a view to providing a practical counterpoint and hope for the future.

3. Foundations of Peace and Freedom: Ecology of a Peaceful World

edited by Ted Dunn

Publisher: C.Davies (Publishers) Ltd;  New edition (March 1978)
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David Adams
Posted: Nov. 11 2013,06:04

Johan Galtung is indeed the most perceptive peace researcher of our time.

Not only did he predict the fall of the Soviet Union quite precisely, but he has also predicted the fall of the American empire.  Here are excerpts from his 2004 article,
On the Coming Decline and Fall of the US Empire

The prediction of the decline and fall of the US Empire is based on the synergy of 14 contradictions, and the time span for the contradictions to work their way through decline to fall was estimated at 25 years in the year 2000. There are more contradictions because the US Empire is more complex, and the time span is longer also because it is more sophisticated. After the first months of President George W. Bush (selected) the time span was reduced to 20 years because of the way in which he sharpened so many of the contradictions posited the year before, and because his extreme singlemindedness made him blind to the negative, complex synergies. . . .

Here is the list of 14 contradictions posited in 2000:

I. Economic Contradictions(US led system WB/IMF/WTO NYSE Pentagon)

1. between growth and distribution: overproduction relative to demand, 1.4 billion below $ 1/day, 100.000 die/day, 1/4 of hunger

2. between productive and finance economy (currency, stocks,bonds) overvalued, hence crashes, unemployment, contract work

3. between production/distribution/consumption and nature: ecocrisis, depletion/pollution, global warming

II. Military Contradictions (US led system NATO/TIAP/USA-Japan)

4. between US state terrorism and terrorism: Blowback

5. between US and allies (except UK, D, Japan), saying enough

6. between US hegemony in Eurasia and the Russia India China triangle, with 40% of humanity

7. between US led NATO and EU army: The Tindemans follow-up

III. Political Contradictions (US exceptionalism under God)

8. between USA and the UN: The UN hitting back

9. between USA and the EU: vying for Orthodox/Muslim support

IV. Cultural Contradictions (US triumphant plebeian culture)

10. between US Judeo-Christianity and Islam (25% of humanity; UNSC nucleus has four Christian and none of the 56 Muslim countries).

11. between US and the oldest civilizations (Chinese, Indian, Mesopotamian, Aztec/Inca/Maya)

12. between US and European elite culture: France, Germany, etc.

V. Social Contradictions (US led world elites vs the rest: World Economic Forum, Davos vs World Social Forum, Porto Alegre)

13. between state corporate elites and working classes of unemployed and contract workers. The middle classes?

14. between older generation and youth: Seattle, Washington, Praha, Genova and ever younger youth. The middle generation?

15. To this could be added: between myth and reality.
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