Diana Francis

Rethinking War and Peace
Table of Contents


  1. Where are we?
    • Events and realities
    • Presentation and perceptions
  2. What is war good for? Myth and reality
    • The myth of war
    • War’s causes
    • War leaders and their motivations
    • ‘Exhausted alternatives’: the case of Kosovo
    • War’s efficacy for good
    • The negative effects of war
    • Conclusion
  3. War, violence and human nature
    • Power as domination
    • Violent structures
    • Us and them
    • Violence and human nature
    • The role of culture
    • Gender and violence
    • Nature and nurture: changing gender roles
    • Broader possibilities of cultural change
    • Psychology and moral development
  4. Peace, war and ethics
    • Ethics, self and society
    • Ethics and war
    • Ethics and power
    • The logic (and illogic) of war
    • War as justice
    • Just war theories
    • The protection of civilians – sliding boundaries
    • Means and ends: consequentialism
    • Measuring wider consequences
    • Sins of omission
    • Accepting responsibility
    • Strengthening peace ethics
  5. Opposing evil and standing up for good
    • What about Hitler?
    • Tyranny and ‘people power’
    • Nonviolent resistance in recent history
    • People-power around the world
    • The strength of nonviolence – building peace
    • International solidarity
    • A constructive role for governments in supporting peace ‘abroad’
    • An answer to terrorism?
    • People-power to resist militarism and demand peace
  6. Peace, identity and participation
    • From identity to identification
    • Purposes and values
    • Participation
    • Achieving change
  7. Time for action
    • What needs to be done and why
    • Getting on with the job
    • Reasons for hope

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