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The academic field of peace studies emerged during the Cold War to address the nature and sources of interstate and internal conflict, as well as the methods to prevent this conflict and deal with its consequences.
Peace studies, much like political science itself, is an interdisciplinary field, built upon contributions from psychology, sociology, history and economics among others. It differs from related fields, such as strategic studies or security studies, in its implicit normative and teleological orientation: an expectation that scholarly research can contribute to reducing the sources of conflict to produce a more just and peaceful world.
Table of Contents
Volume I. War and Peace: The Scope of the Problem. Theories of Cooperation and Conflict. Volume II. Causes of War. Arms Races and Arms Control. Volume III. Civil and Ethnic Conflict. Gender and Conflict. Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Peace-Building. Ethical and Legal Aspects. Volume IV. Security Communities. Peace Activism. Alternate Visions in Theory and Practice