PEACE: A History of Movements and Ideas

 In Peace

Join author  DAVID CORTRIGHT for a discussion and signing event for his latest book, PEACE: A History of Movements and Ideas.

Friday, November 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
In the Langston room at
Busboys & Poets
14th and V Streets, Washington, DC

View Table of Contents [pdf] for PEACE

More about David Cortright

Veteran scholar and peace activist David Cortright teaches Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. As president of the Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen, he has served as consultant or advisor for various agencies of the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission n Preventing Deadly Conflict, the International Peace Academy, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and several governments, including those of The Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland.

In PEACE, Cortright offers an authoritative, balanced, and highly readable volume that traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism from their origins in earlier centuries through the mass movements of recent decades: the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s. He also explores the underlying principles of peace-nonviolence, democracy, social justice, and human rights-and places these principles within a framework of ‘realistic pacifism’. Peace brings the story up-to-date by examining opposition to the Iraq War and responses to the so-called ‘war on terror’. This is history with a modern twist, set in the context of current debates about ‘the responsibility to protect’, nuclear proliferation, Darfur, and conflict transformation.

PEACE offers

•     A complete examination of all aspects of the debate about peace in one readable volume
•     A unique study that combines a history of movements with a history of ideas
•     An analysis of current opposition to the war in Iraq and responses to the threat of global terrorism

“David Cortright’s PEACE shows that it is possible to prevent the scourge of war and create a more just and peaceful future-if we are prepared to learn the lessons of history and apply proven peacemaking knowledge. This is a hopeful but realistic book that deserves to be read and studied widely.

-Kofi A. Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

This event is free and open to the public.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in attending.


Kevin M. Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action

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