Responding to conflict

Books that help us understand how we can respond to conflict can be found across the Commonweal Collection, but in particular you might like to read:

Ten Years Of World Co Operation. Foreword by Sir Eric Drummond (1930)

Written by the first Secretary-General of the League of Nations, this book offers a firsthand account of the organization’s first ten years and its efforts to promote peace and international cooperation. This book offers valuable historical insights into the challenges of global governance. Library classification: Wu LEA – check it’s available here.

I Renounce War: The Story of the Peace Pledge Union By Sybil Morrison (1962)

The story of the Peace Pledge Union, founded in 1936 by Dick Sheppard, priest and one-time Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. Its members demonstrated ‘with passion and patience’ their renunciation of all wars and weapons, organised mass protests against the folly of armaments and war, and pioneered in Britain the methods of nonviolent direct action – similar to those being used now by such groups as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil. Library classification: Db MOR – check it’s available here.

The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library based at the University of Bradford concerned with issues relating to nonviolent social change. It contains over 11,000 books and pamphlets, 150 journals and a variety of videos and educational materials on peace and disarmament, environmentalism and the green movement, nonviolent philosophy and practice, human rights, development and regional issues, anti-racism, identity issues, social and economic alternatives, creative education, spiritual experience and analysis of world problems. Read more about the history of the Commonweal Collection here.

The Civil Resistance Info website also provides a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and enables users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.