Peace Studies

© Karen Karabasz

"A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems, have the skills to resolve conflicts and struggle for justice non-violently, live by international standards of human rights and equity, appreciate cultural diversity, and respect the Earth and each other." – Hague Appeal for Peace, Global Campaign for Peace Education Statement

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter From Birmingham Jail", in Why We Can’t Wait, by same author.

"Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience." - Thomas Merton

Core Texts

(The titles marked with an asterik* are books that I am certain to use, while the others are under consideration.)


  1. Faith said...
    I have the Americans Who Told the Truth book. It is very socialist leaning. Zinn himself was a hardcore socialist. One of the people listed is Emma Goldman. Did you know she tried to prostitute herself to raise money so her lover could assassinate Carnegie's head man, Frick? (He failed). That is hardly peace-loving. She was an anarchist who didn't believe in marriage. She gets romanticized out of all proportion by lefties. So I'd be a bit wary of that book. They might love peace but truth is a different matter. Not that the whole book is that way; some of the people featured are quite worthy and the paintings are wonderful.

    I have some suggestions I have used: The Story of Ruby Bridges by Roberts Coles (Coles has a lot of interesting stuff). Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Oasis of Peace -about a village in Israel where Muslims and Jews have decided to live in peace - Great picture book for children. Books about the early Christian martyrs (the original non-violence movement), St. Francis of Assisi, books on Mother Teresa (Demi has a good book on her) Excerpts from Pacem in Terris, Rerum Novarum and Gaudium et Spes, all Papal Encyclicals.

    Also as I recall there are a couple of good children's biographies on Maureen Corrigan and Betty Williams.

    Also, did you know the Maryknolls have a monthly lesson plan with poster they send out teaching about areas of the world that are impoverished and wartorn? Here's the link

    Also, another great resource:

    Have fun! Catholic social teaching was what drew be back to the RC Church - I used to be one of those Emma Goldman admirers!
    Kristine said...
    Faith, thank you so much for the feedback on the book & the suggestions - I'm checking them all out now. And I did not know all of that about Emma Goldman, wow!

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