Adam Curle

Radical Peacemaker

Adam Curle
Tom Woodhouse By (author)
John Paul Lederach By (author)
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Adam Curle’s pioneering work as the founding Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University has been significantly more important to the peace-studies field than is generally understood. Although his ideas were far ahead of his time, they have not been adequately taught and understood—in part because of the dominance of “realistic” approaches to political science and partly because his writings have not been readily available.

This book captures Professor Curle’s core contributions in an accessible, edited form so that the breadth of his work can become more available to new students and the next generation of world leaders. A unique feature of Adam Curle’s work is his stimulating focus on the inner spiritual and outer dimensions of peace making.

C O N T E N T S:

Adam’s Story: Peace Educator and Peacemaker;

Part 1: Making Peace, Peaceful and Unpeaceful Relationships, the Practice of Peacemaking, Mystics and Militants, Changing Awareness Levels and makers of Peace and Violence, Education for Liberation, Affective Education, Peace Studies at Bradford, the Scope and Dilemnas of Peace Studies

Part 2: Tools for Transformation, In the Middle, Non-Official Mediation in Violent Situations, Another Way, Positive Response to Contemporary Violence, Social Healing of the Wounds of War, Peacemaking—Public and Private

Part 3: The Fragile Voice of Love, To Tame the Hydra— Happiness, Peace and Love, the Violin and the Oboe, the Fragile Voice of Love and Prose Poems, Remembering Forward

The Visionary Practical Scholarship of Adam Curle
Complete Works of Adam Curle


“For those who did not have the good fortune to know Adam, this book demonstrates how he engaged with and contributed to the well-being of others through education and peacemaking. It also demonstrates how Adam’s own personal and political relationships enriched and enlivened his own deep self-awareness. Underpinning all the narratives lies Adam’s central truth, which is that peacemaking is about understanding that things which seem apart are really part of an interdependent whole.”Professor Kevin P Clements, Chair and Director, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand

“This book is both a tribute to the work of Adam Curle and testimony to his living legacy. It is also a timely reminder of the importance of personal integrity and an ethical world view, to better navigate contemporary challenges of conflict, violence, and the turmoil of change.”Judith Large, Senior Research Fellow, Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Author Bio

Tom Woodhouse was appointed as research assistant to the founder, Professor Adam Curle, in 1974 and held the Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford from 1999 until 2012. He retired from his post in October 2012 and is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Bradford. He is also a visiting professor at the University Ramon Llul, Barcelona, the Open University of Catalunya, Barcelona, and at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. His book Contemporary Conflict Resolution (written with Oliver Ramsbotham and Hugh Miall) was published as a 4th edition in 2016. 

John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peace building at the University of Notre Dame and currently Senior Advisor for the Humanity United Foundation, works as a practitioner and scholar, providing education, facilitation, and training. He established the Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peace building and has written more than 24 books.