Quaker Experiences in International Conciliation


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C. H. Mike Yarrow; Foreword by Anatol Rapaport

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As far back as the early 1900s, the Quakers have been engaged in a program of quiet private diplomacy that won them a Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. During the turbulent 1960s, hey acted as unofficial conciliators in several tense situations. This comprehensive study of Quaker peace-making activities focuses primarily on the variety and effectiveness of their efforts in Berlin from 1960 to 1073, in India / Pakistan in 1965, and in Nigeria from 1967 to 1970.

"A magnificent job. . . . A very scholarly historical account of three extremely interesting episodes in the histories of these respective parts of the world. I am sure [Yarrow's book] will be used as source material by historians for many years to come."—Kenneth E. Boulding

"[Yarrow] provides a succinct but highly informative summary of Quaker origins and of their evolving philosophy and techniques for dealing with conflict. Still another audience is the company of peace study enthusiasts and researchers, fairly recently arrived on the academic scene, for whom these cases should supply grist for their mills for years to come."—Melville T. Kennedy, Quaker Bulletin

"Yarrow's history and analysis will be useful to those interested in international relations, in conflict resolution, in pacifism, and in Quaker activity. He  makes clear the delicate nature of unofficial conciliation efforts, the personal and organizational traits needed, the dangers of publicity."—Roderic H. Davison, Perspective

"In a valuable and learned work, Yarrow first presents a general historical background of Quaker efforts for international conciliation. . . . He then describes Quaker work in the two Germanies, showing how Friends representatives in Berlin continually crossed the Wall to advance detente efforts. He then moves to the 1965 Indian-Pakistan conflict, in which Quakers revealed to each side the peace sentiments of the other. His last example, the Nigerian civil war of 1967-70, describes Quaker efforts to convince the Ibo people that they could live peacefully under Nigerian sovereignty. In an excellent final chapter, Yarrow evaluates such Quaker peace efforts, showing both strengths and weaknesses."—Choice

"A timely and useful presentation of the efforts of one small group of concerned people to act as peacemakers. . . . Thorough, detailed, and honest."—Sam Legg, Transnational Perspectives
ISBN: 9780300183115
Publication Date: September 10, 1978
335 pages, 8 1/4 x 5 3/4