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Peace Advocacy in the Shadow of War

Peace Advocacy in the Shadow of War

Francis Shor


Verlag Palgrave Macmillan, 2024

ISBN 9783031493218 , 211 Seiten

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Peace Advocacy in the Shadow of War


For peace advocates a corollary to Clausewitz's dictum that 'war is politics by other means' might be that other politics could prevent war. By highlighting both individual peace advocates and antiwar/peace organizations from World War I through the wars of the 21st century, the chapters will provide insights into how these individuals and organizations articulated their opposition to and mobilized against specific wars and international/regional conflicts. Organized roughly in chronological order, each chapter will illuminate the socio-historical conditions under which such peace advocacy contested state aggression and armed combat at the national and/or transnational levels. Beyond understanding the specific socio-historical circumstances within which these antiwar and peace advocates and organizations operated and their resultant achievements and failures, the book as a whole will examine the kind of politics that perpetuate war and those that offer a challenge to that perpetuation. Scholars, students, and the general public interested in the history of modern and contemporary wars, peace and conflict studies, and ethical/political perspectives in the 20th and 21st centuries should find much to reflect upon in this book.

Francis Shor received his Ph. D. in American Studies in 1976 from the University of Minnesota. After forty years of teaching at Wayne State University, he retired in 2014. He has published five books, one novel, and scores of articles. In addition to his academic work, he has been a long-time peace and justice activist, serving previously on the Boards of Peace Action of Michigan and the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR).  He was the Founder and former Director of the Public Education and Community Engagement (P.E.A.C.E.) Project. Presently, he is an Advisory Board member of MCHR and on the Board of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit.