Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

David Cortright

Cambridge University Press, 2008

David Cortright offers a definitive history of the human striving for peace and an analysis of its religious and intellectual roots. He traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism, the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s.... 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.


"A crowning achievement by a distinguished scholar and social activist. David Cortright shows that a more nonviolent future is possible through the pursuit of justice, democracy, and human rights."
— Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame