"I teach an introductory course on this topic and can think of no other useful text in the fielda? I like the organization and scope of this volumea'beginning with the nature and causes of war, then proceeding to a'negativea? peace, and then a'positivea? peace. I also liked the extensive use of literary fragmentsa'my students would relate to thata? .Therea's a need for it and I think the authors are on the right track." -MICHAEL KLARE, Hampshire College This core textbook comprehensively introduces students to the relatively young interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. This field is unabashedly value-oriented, and although the authors are up front about their own values and opinions, they attempt to present all sides of complex debates to assist students in forming personal and social opinions, insisting only that those opinions be informed by serious intellectual effort. A hallmark of the book is an effort to encourage independent and critical thinking among student readers.Barash, David P. is the author of 'Peace and Conflict Studies', published 2002 under ISBN 9780761925071 and ISBN 0761925074.