What is Peace?

Books that help explore “What is Peace” can be found across the Commonweal Collection, but in particular you might like to read:

Peace: The Biography of a Symbol. By Ken Kolsbun with Mike Sweeney (2008)
The surprising story of the sign in words and pictures, from its origins in the nuclear disarmament efforts of the late 1950s to its adoption by the antiwar movement of the 1960s, through its stint as a mass-marketed commodity and its enduring relevance now. Library classification: Eu KOL – check it’s available here.

Challenge of Conscience; The Story of the Conscientious Objectors of 1939-1949. By Denis Hayes, foreword by Fenner Brockway (1949)
“Your Conscience is “against” the war? So let it be. But what’s “it” for?” A historical account of conscientious objection during the second world war – the people who made a stand and the impact and consequences. Library classification: Da HAY – 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.