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Miscellaneous topics

This section includes (but is not limited to) material on: citizen diplomacy and "people to people" campaigns; nonviolent accompaniment and unarmed cross-border intervention; world citizenship; both war tax resistance and peace tax campaigning; the environmental aspects of warfare; analysis of media coverage of war and wars; pro-war propaganda; opposition to military-related academic research; and the history of violence.

Please remember that many of the older titles included in this list are likely to be second-hand.



To Asia in Peace: The Story of a Non-Violent Action Mission to Indo China

(Ed) Pat Arrowsmith

(Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972)

pbk £2.95


Arming America - The Origins of a National Gun Culture

Michael Bellesiles

(Soft Skull Press, New York, USA, 2003)

Challenges traditional explanations of the origin of US gun culture. The gun lobby didn't like this book...
pbk £6.75


Greenwash - Environment and Conflict

(Ed) Olivia Bennett

(Panos Publications, London, 1991)

Looks at the environmental legacy of war in the Sahel.
pbk £4.00


Stop Using Child Soldiers!

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

(International Save the Children Alliance, London, 1998)

An overview of the worldwide siutation and the issues.
pbk £3.75


My Country is the World - The Adventures of a World Citizen

Garry Davis

(Macdonald & Co, 1962)

hbk £4.50


Human and Environmental Security - An Agenda for Change

(Eds) Felix Dodds and Tim Pippard

(Earthscan, London, 2005)

A series of well-informed contributions dealing with security more broadly than the common political definition in miliitary terms - however, many of the articles are still from a governmental-style perspective.
pbk £4.50


Global Citizen Action

(Eds) Michael Edwards and John Gaventa

(Earthscan Publications, London, 2001)

Contemporary thinking about nonstate participation in the international system.
pbk £4.95


The Claims of Conscience - Quakers and Conscientious Objection to Taxation for Military Purposes

Cecil Evans

(Quaker Home Service, London, 1996)

Looks at this issue since the 17th century, with a detailed look at British Quakers' engagement with the issue since 1964.
pmphlt £1.50


The New Diplomats - Citizens as Ambassadors for Peace

Jim Garrison and John-Francis Phipps with Pyare Shivpuri

(Green Books, 1989),

pbk £5.95


The Glorious Art of Peace - From the Iliad to Iraq

John Gittings

(OUP, Oxford, 2012)

This study demolishes the myth that peace is dull and that war is "in our genes"; it opens an alternative window on history. The author urges us to pay more attention to, for example, Erasmus on the Art of Peace rather than Machiavelli on the "Art of War".

hbk £18.99


Succeeding Revolutions - 18th Century America and the 21st Century World

Ian Hackett

(Campaign for Earth Federation, London, 2006)

pbk £3.49


The Final Frontier - America, Science, and Terror

Dominick Jenkins

(Verso, London, 2002)

The author illuminates the lethal interface between science and warmaking.

hbk £15.95


The Tax Dilemma: Praying for Peace, Paying for War

Donald D Kaufman

(Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA, 1978)

pbk £6.50


Servas 1949-1989: an Experiment in Peace Building

Pat Knowles

(self-published, 1989)

pbk £9.50


Soldiers In The Laboratory

Chris Langley

(Scientists for Global Responsibility, Folkestone, 2005)

This report documents the power and infuence of the military in science, engineering and technology in the UK in recent years.
pbk £12.50


More Soldiers In The Laboratory: The militarisation of science and technology - an update

Chris Langley

(Scientists for Global Responsibility, Folkestone, 2007)

This short report provides an update to Soldiers In The Laboratory, published by SGR in 2005, and also highlights problems in obtaining this sort of information, despite the Freedom of Information Act.


Behind Closed Doors - Military influence, commercial pressures, and the compromised university

Chris Langley, Stuart Parkinson and Philip Webber

(Scientists for Global Responsibility, Folkestone, 2008)

This report builds on the disclosures of, and recommendations in, Soldiers In The Laboratory and More Soldiers In The Laboratory. It focuses on the impact of military sector influence within the research and teaching environment of universities in the UK.


Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights

Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren

(Kumarian Press, 1997)

An inspirational story, focusing especially on the role of Peace Brigades International in Guatemala.
pbk £20.00


Dams and Other Disasters - a century of the army corps of engineers in civil works

Arthur E Morgan

(Porter Sargent, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1971)

The book documents a hundred years of incompetence and political manipulation by a section of the US army, laying bare its carefully nurtured public image as a body working in the public interest.
hbk £5.00


Torture and State Violence in the United States - A Short Documentary History

(Ed) Robert M Pallitto

(John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA, 2011)

A book which shows that state-sanctioned violence and cruel punishments have a long history in the USA. Tells horrifying stories spanning a period of over 300 years.

pbk £13.00


How to Look Good in a War - Justifying and Challenging State Violence

Brian Rappert

The book examines the methods used to depict, defend and justify the use of state violence. It deals with the way pro-war narratives are constructed, and considers how ignorance of the operation of war is produced.

(Pluto Press, London, 2012)

pbk £17.99


Arms or Aid

Hugh Reay

(Housmans, for War on Want, London, 1967)

pmphlt £1.50


Citizens' Diplomacy - A Handbook on Anglo-Soviet Initiatives

Claire Ryle and Jim Garrison

(Merlin Press, 1986)

pbk £2.50


Study War No More - Military involvement in UK universities

Tim Street with Martha Beale

(Fellowship of Reconciliation and Campaign Against Arms Trade, 2007)

pbk £3.00


Explosive Remnants of War - Mitigating the Environmental Effects

(Ed) Arthur H Westing

(Taylor & Francis, for SIPRI, 1985)

Produced as part of a project between SIPRI and the United Nations

Environment Programme on "Military activities and the human environment".
hbk £4.95


The Fruits of War - How Military Conflict Acccelerates Technology

Michael White

(Pocket Books, London, 2007)

This popular science writer argues that humankind's propensity for warfare has a silver lining - being responsible for virtually every technological development for centuries. His history of such correlations is fascinating; but his need to confirm his thesis means he sometimes ends up moving from correlation to causation a little too glibly. But nevertheless thought-provoking.
pbk £8.99


The Cold War and the Income Tax - A Protest

Edmund Wilson

(WH Allen, London, 1964)

An early example of a call to resist paying for warfare.
hbk £2.75

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ORGANISATIONS you can contact which are concerned with some of the issues here include:

Conscience - Taxes for Peace not War, Archway Resource Centre, 1b Waterlow Rd, London N19 5NJ, Britain (tel +44-20-7561 1061; e-mail; web

Peace Brigades International - UK Section (PBI UK), 1b Waterlow Rd, London N19 5NJ, Britain (tel +44-20-7281 5370; fax 7281 5370; e-mail; web

For further useful contacts see the Directory published in the latest Housmans Peace Diary, or online at