"Gittings provides an ambitious overview of the perceptions of peace from ancient times to the present within literature, art, and philosophy. His arguments challenge assumptions and misconceptions in the portrayals of peace and war. Recommended." --CHOICE
About the Author
was for many years chief foreign leader-writer and East Asia Editor at The Guardian
, and is now on the editorial board of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace
and a research associate of the Centre of Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies. After working at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, he began reporting on China during the Cultural Revolution, and later covered major events such as Tiananmen Square and the Hong Kong handover. He has also written extensively on the politics of the cold war and was active in the International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace. His last book was The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market
, also published by Oxford University Press.