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The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq

John Gittings


Human progress and prosperity depend on a peaceful environment, and most people have always sought to live in peace, yet our perception of the past is dominated too often by a narrative that is obsessed with war. This book demolishes the myth that peace is dull and that war is in our genes, and opens an alternative window on history to show the strength of the case for peace which has been argued from ancient times onwards. Beginning with a new analysis of the treatment of peace in Homer's Iliad, the book explores the powerful arguments against war made by classical Chinese and Greek thinkers, ... More

Keywords: peace, war, Iliad, Tolstoy, Gandhi, non-violence, League of Nations, Cold War, war on terror, nuclear

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199575763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gittings, author
Associate editor of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace and former chief foreign leader-writer and East Asia Editor at The Guardian