The Pacifist Impulse in Historical Perspective
Published: May 1996© 1996
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 444 Pages
Dimensions: 6.36 x 9.25
444 Pages, 6.36 x 9.25 x 1.47 in
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This volume of twenty-three essays appears in recognition of the emergence of peace history as a relatively new and coherent field of learning. Together the essays in this book explore the ideas and activities of persons and groups who, for over two millennia, have rejected war and urged non-violent means of settling conflicts.
The essays, organized in four parts, concentrate on the main areas of contemporary scholarship in peace history. `Approaches to Peace History' explores conceptual issues and methods. `Christian Traditions of Pacifism and Non-resistance' covers topics from the problem of non-violence and war in the early church, through Mennonite and Brethren traditions in the sixteenth century, to the present-day Quaker peace testimony. `Gandhi and the Indian Tradition of Non-violence' looks at the role of violence and non-violence in Hindu and Buddhist thought and practice as well as the development of Gandhi's intellectual and moral outlook. `Pacifism and Peace Movements in the Modern World, 1890-1955' considers various aspects of the interrelationship between pacifists and internationalists and the broader movement advocating world peace. Also considered is the role of women in peace movements. The opening and closing chapters pay tribute to the pioneering leadership and scholarly accomplishments of Peter Brock and include a complete bibliography of his work in the field of peace history.
'The collection is a major contribution to understanding the history of the struggle against violence and war.'J. Wishnia, Choice
'This is one of the best books on peace history - probably the very best...What makes it so strong is the breadth of treatment, the choice of experts in their fields, and the consistent way in which the range and sensitivity of [Peter] Brock's scholarship is emulated.'William Klassen, Conrad Grebel Review
'Contributors have maintained a consistently satisfactory standard of lucidity, cogency and clarity, thus making this book a notable exception to the intellectual and stylistic unevenness often characterizing Festschriften. The essays are neither polemical nor controversial. But they are an intellectual feast guaranteed to deepen the reader's appreciation for the complexity of coming to grips with that most perennially elusive of human dreams through the millennia - peace.'Jonathan J. Bonk, Journal of Mennonite Studies