Gandhi's Peace Army: The Shanti Sena and Unarmed Peacekeeping

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - History - 293 pages
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With an increase in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world and with the problems faced by the UN forces in Somalia and Bosnia, there is growing debate about their future and the possible alternatives to resolving international and intercommunal conflicts. Thomas Weber examines the viability of unarmed peacekeeping through a detailed investigation of Gandhi's peace army, which has inspired many of the attempted campaigns of unarmed peacekeeping. The Shanti Sena, which is based largely on Mahatma Gandhi's ideas, was established in 1958, ten years after his death. Sena members, found only in India, are involved in conflict resolution on a grass-roots level, using peace-building techniques that have inspired international groups such as the World Peace Brigade, the Cyprus Resettlement Project, and Peace Brigades International. Relying on interviews with key participants and analysts of the peace army and archival documents, the book contributes greatly to the study of unarmed peacekeeping. It marks the first time anyone has chronicled in such detail the activities and history of the Shanti Sena during its most active years of 1957 to 1975.
 

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Contents

Mainstream Peacekeeping
1
Unarmed Peacekeeping
11
The Historical Gandhian Background
43
k The Philosophical Gandhian Background
55
A History of the Shanti Sena
69
Peacekeeping and the Shanti Sena
104
The Ideological Basis of the Shanti Sena
138
Lessons from the Shanti Sena
161
A The Establishment of United Nations
189
B Maude Roydens Peace Army
195
Report of the Meeting to Establish
203
E Guide Lines for Shanti Sainiks in Times
212
Bibliography
267
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Elise Boulding is Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College. Dr. Boulding has authored numerous books and articles, among which are "Women in the Twentieth Century World, Theory of Things to Come: Essays on the Future, and The Underside of History: A View of Women Through Time.

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