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American Studies and Peace

Proceedings of the 25th AAAS Conference- (Nov. 5-7, 1999, Salzburg, Schloss Leopoldskron)

Dorothea Steiner and Thomas Hartl

Is peace an academic subject? Is it teachable? What answers can Americanists offer? This collection of essays, which grew out of an interdisciplinary conference on «American Studies and Peace», brings together perspectives from political science, history, literary and cultural studies, feminism, education, popular culture, and international studies. In a broad transatlantic dialog – involving scholars from Europe and both Americas, South Africa, and Israel – questions of democracy, language, gender, American values, and authorship are addressed and American Studies as a field is tested as to its potential to make a valid contribution to world peace in a socio-political and humanitarian sense.
Contents: American Studies in war and peace – The democratic peace argument – International exchange and the quest for peace – European and Intercontinental dialogs on peace through American Studies – Language and peace – Gender and peace – American values and peace – Teaching peace – Authors on peace.