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This section is a key part of the Housmans stock. The origins of Housmans are in the
peace movement (and especially the pacifist end of the peace movement), though of
course we carry a very wide range of radical, alternative and political literature - after all,
part of the pacifist philosophy is to be non-sectarian and to encourage the widest range
of debate and discussion.

The peace section includes books (and pamphlets) dealing with all aspects of peace
and anti-war campaigning - both against war in general and relating to specific wars -
as well as texts dealing with disarmament, and with nonviolent approaches to conflict
prevention and conflict resolution. We also have some material looking at "strategic
thinking" at a governmental level, and there are many items dealing with particular sorts
of weaponry - especially nuclear weapons. Coverage includes the philosophy, the
practice and the history of anti-war campaigning and of both pacifist and non-pacifist
peace movements.

Key theoreticians and practitioners of nonviolence and nonviolent action, such as
Gandhi and Martin Luther King, are well represented in terms of writings both by them
and about them. We also have texts on the theory and practice of nonviolent action
(including both direct action and civil disobedience) which cover actions in connection
with other issues besides just anti-war campaigning; and we have material dealing with
pacifist communities and nonviolent lifestyles.

Since this section is so much a speciality for us, and since many of the classic texts are
long out of print, then - in order to provide the widest range of relevant material - we
have included many secondhand books, where we can no longer obtain new copies of
the title concerned. (The range and number of these old books is regularly expanding:
there are always new acquisitions waiting to be classified and displayed.) These books
are integrated with the new books in the sorting of material on the shelves. This is the
only major category of the shop's stock where our shop display, and the associated
booklist, have significant amounts of secondhand stock integrated in this way. The
shop's normal practice is for any secondhand items to be organised separately from
the main stock.

The lists for this section of the shop's stock show the vast majority of the titles that we
currently have on display in this field. The section is subdivided (on both the shelves
and the website) to help users find their way around the hundreds of titles that we have
available. See the list of categories below, with links to the individual lists. But please
be aware that the rate of turnover of this stock means that we can't guarantee that the
lists here are always fully up-to-date day by day. In the case of the older books, once sold
they often can't be re-sourced - so if you want anything of this sort, you should order it
quickly. And for this reason, it's always best to call into the shop in person if you can,
then you also get to see the latest titles, which (similarly) might not yet be shown here.

We hope that these lists will be increasingly valuable as a source of information, as
well as helping you to find lots of books you want to buy from Housmans!

The subdivision of the peace section's books into 19 categories is broadly defined as
follows, but you should also see the notes at the start of each individual list for a fuller
explanation of what is included. Where appropriate, a book might be shown under more
than one of these categories. In particular, titles in the list of recommended books, and
in the list of recent publications, will normally also be listed under the relevant topic. 

Key/recommended texts
New and recent publications
Topic 1: Pacifism and nonviolence
Topic 2: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, etc
Topic 3: Peace education
Topic 4: Peace research
Topic 5: Women and peace
Topic 6: Lifestyles and religious
Topic 7: Disarmament, arms race
Topic 8: Nuclear and other WMDs
Topic 9: Arms trade
Topic 10: Specific wars
Topic 11: "Terrorism" [Classification not yet available]
Topic 12: Peace movement history
Topic 13: Miscellaneous topics
Topic 14: General peace issues
Topic 15: Relevant fiction and poetry
Topic 16: Journals [Classification not yet available]
Topic 17: Reference [Classification not yet available]


The classification of the shop's extensive stock in this section is still continuing.

Some of the lists here are incomplete - indeed, in the case of some topics no list
at all has yet been loaded onto this website.