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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace: Four-volume set 1st Edition

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*Starred Review* Ours is a divided world, and conflict management poses a persistent challenge at all levels—individual, institutional, organizational, societal, and global. Today, peace studies is without question a diverse and socially important field in its own right. Across the academic spectrum, undergraduates, graduates, and professors alike are interested in peace and conflict research and analysis as well as peace values and action. Government, nonprofit, and commercial organizations whose work involves peace or aggression seek information on international relations and diplomatic history. Global politics continues to take center stage in the news—in print, on the air, or online—and the general public is increasingly engaged with this set of issues. Today, the field of peace building is without question fully professionalized. Make no mistake—The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace fills a critical niche at a critical time. Weighing in at four volumes, the Encyclopedia is a scholarly, but accessible, comprehensive reference work that quickly distinguishes itself among related reference works in the social, life, and physical sciences. More than 850 A–Z entries signed by an impressive roster of contributors cover the full range of historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Readers interested in major figures, events, organizations, theories, and more will not be disappointed. A bibliography for further reading accompanies each entry. Cross-references to other useful points of interest within the encyclopedia add value, as do a “Chronology of Peace in History” and appendixes (“Key Documents,” “Key Terms in Peace Research,” “Negotiation Terms,” and “Selected Key References”). The closest competing work is the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (Academic, 2008), which has more than 190 multidisciplinary articles. Previous works, including the four-volume World Encyclopedia of Peace (Pergamon, 1986) or a work by the same title, the World Encyclopedia of Peace (Oceana, 2d ed., 1999), although comprehensive in their time, are no longer adequate resources for the twenty-first-century student, scholar, or general adult reader interested in peace issues. The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace is highly recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries. --Sarah Watstein


"A fine addition to undergraduate research collections and institutions supporting peace studies."-Library Journal

"Quickly distinguishes itself among related reference works in the social, life, and physical sciences. Highly recommended." -Booklist, Starred Review

"This is another superb work from Oxford University Press. Highly recommended."-Choice

"A massive work. Despite the extraordinary number of contributors the contents have a consistent tone, reflecting careful editing. Peace groups and individuals should welcome the appearance of this Encyclopedia and advocate for its acquisition by university and public libraries everywhere or undertake the fundraising necessary to acquire and distribute it
."-Peace Magazine

"Invaluable and stimulating. A major contribution."-Resurgence

"an extraordinary piece of work, unprecedented in scale and scope, detailed, empirically rich and theoretically broad" -International Affairs


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019533468X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195334685
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.3 x 9.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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As followers of Christ, we are called to be peacemakers, and part of our education as disciples of Jesus is learning the things that make for peace. Thus, it has been exciting to see Peace Studies emerge as an academic discipline over the last three decades, and with the rise of Peace Studies come reference works that assist and propagate research. And now The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (OIEP), published earlier this year by Oxford University Press, will undoubtedly reign supreme for many years as the key reference work for Peace Studies.

The four volumes of the OIEP represent a mammoth undertaking; its 850+ articles span over 2700 pages and were collected over a period of more than five years. The work begins with a brief foreword by the Dalai Lama who praises the work as a "scholarly but accessible reference work [which] will enable many of us to learn from the great ideals and struggles for peace over past centuries, and it will be a valuable resource for teachers of peace and for policy makers" (xix).

Also, included in the prefatory materials is a twenty page timeline of "Peace in History" - stretching from the Treaty of Kadesh, "the first recorded peace treaty" between The Egyptians and the Hittites in 1258 BCE, all the way through Barack Obama's recognition as the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2009. Each entry in the encyclopedia is complete with a hefty list of works for further reading on that topic. The OIEP concludes with almost 100 pages of key documents on peace from the modern era (all but three of these documents were penned within the last 100 years), and a thorough index of key terms and people.
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After looking at sample pages and identifying some of the contents and persons included, it seems to me this book is pretty much worthless, unless you're only interested in people involved in secretly-funded groups.
[1] There appears to be no recognition of nuclear frauds (see nukelies . o r g). This alone is enough to make it worthless.
[2] There appears to be nothing on people making money from wars, and specifically Jews.
[3] There appears to be no analysis of Jews as pressure groups. Vast numbers of the listed names are Jews and fellow-travellers.
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