A ground-breaking history of the arts of peace, from Confucius and Ancient Greece through to the 21st century, opening an alternative window on history to show the strength of the case for peace which has been argued from ancient times ...
Author: John Gittings
Publisher: Oxford University Press
A book which for the first time makes Peace as exciting as War for the general reader, delving deep into history - as far back as Homer and Confucius - to show that peace has always been high on the agenda of human thought. Gittings asks why leading bookshops should have dozens of shelves on military history and little or nothing on the subject of peace. He gives a fascinating account of the growth of the peace movement from the early 19th century tothe 1930s, which had the support of kings and prime ministers, of the birth of the United Nations and the missed chances to end the cold war. He exposes the way that once again in the 21st century weare missing the opportunity to put peace ahead of war.