The author argues that Peace and Conflict Studies serves as a comprehensive reference book that provides a lively account of peace and conflict that simultaneously stimulates the mind and tugs at the heart. There is some psychology in this book. However, the coverage is much broader and particularly generous with historical material, which gives the reader a deep appreciation for contemporary problems of peace and conflict. The book has 4 parts: Part I is an overview of war and peace issues; part II examines reasons for war; part III focuses on building negative peace (absence of war); and part IV explores ways to build positive peace (socially just structures). Criticisms notwithstanding, it is argued that Barash and Webel have penned a masterpiece that should appeal to seasoned scholars of peace and conflict studies as well as others who have little knowledge of this multidisciplinary field.
Christie, D. J. (2003). A Multidisciplinary and progressive view of peace and conflict studies [Review of the book Peace and conflict studies, by D. P. Barash & C. P. Webel]. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 9(1), 91–95. https://doi.org/10.1207/S15327949PAC0901_04