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is editor-in-chief of Peace
Magazine and professor emeritus of sociology at University of Toronto. To learn more about the author and her research, please visit http://russianpeaceanddemocracy.com/
Chapter 1: Termites and Barking Dogs
Chapter 2: Social Capital and Ideology
Chapter 3: Two Scientists, Two Paths
Chapter 4: Foreign Communists
Chapter 5: Three Freelance Diplomats
Chapter 6: A Civil Society: Elite Bears and Doves
Chapter 7: Scientists and Weaponeers
Chapter 8: In the Hands of Experts
Chapter 9: Do Peace and Democracy Work?
Chapter 10: The Soviet Peace Movement at the Time of the Coup
Chapter 11: The End and the Beginning
Chapter 12: From Below and Sideways
Chapter 13: Social Traps—Toward an Explanation of Totalitarianism
Chapter 14: Quest? What Quest?
This brilliant work illuminates not only crucial developments in modern Russian history, but the profound influence transnational civil society has had on building a peaceful and democratic world.
— Lawrence S. Wittner, , author of Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement
In this book, Metta Spencer tells the important but neglected story of the contacts between Western peace activists and Soviet intellectuals (both official and dissident) through the words of those who took part. In so doing, she dispels the myths prevalent in Western policy-making circles that the West 'won' the Cold War through its military strength—myths which still have a distorting affect on policy. Anyone who wants to know how the Cold War ended will find this book immensely useful.
— Mary Kaldor, co-director of the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Spencer has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages.Spencer has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages.
— Medicine, Conflict and Survival
[Spencer's] chronicle of the spirit and ingenuity of Russians and their ability to overcome the most unbreachable barriers is anything but discouraging. I look forward to the next chapter.
— Literary Review Of Canada
Metta has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content, and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages.
— Book Review
Spencer’s valuable account of this period in Eastern European socio-political history gives voice to those whose multifarious works ended the Cold War. She quotes at length from her extensive interviews – covering some 28 years of work in the field – shedding light not only on the accomplishments of individuals, but also on their characters.
— Foreign Policy
The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy is a statement of faith in the human desire for peace and freedom, a longing that survives even in the most oppressive regimes, publicly in a courageous few, and more covertly in others.
— Peace Review: A Journal of Justice Studies
A very interesting and informative text, especially for readers who are interested in political sociology, social movements, and Russian history.
— Book Review