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Pioneers in
Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice (PAHSEP)

Edited by
Hans Günter Brauch,

AFES-PRESS, chairman
Free University of Berlin (Ret.)


On these Four Volumes

These four volumes, edited by her son, J. Russell Boulding, honor the lifetime achievement of distinguished activist and scholar Elise Boulding (1920-2010) on the occasion of her 96th birthday. Known as the “matriarch” of the twentieth century peace research movement, she made significant contributions in the fields of peace research, peace education, future studies, feminism, and sociology of the family, as well as serving as a prominent leader in the peace movement and the Society of Friends

  • PAHSEP 6 documents the breadth of Elise Boulding’s contributions to Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism, Future Studies and the Family and includes new biographic material, the first complete bibliography of Elise Boulding’s written work, and tributes written by activists and scholars who knew her.
  • PAHSEP 7 includes 13 texts written by Elise Boulding on peace research, peace education, peacemaking and the future.
  • PAHSEP 8 includes 11 texts written by Elise Boulding on feminism, the family, and Quakerism and in combination with the first two volumes provides an in-depth introduction to the breadth of her contributions as a scholar and activist.
  • PAHSEP 9 presents some of Elise Boulding’s published autobiographical writings and selections from her unpublished journals and letters.



J. Russell Boulding (Ed.): Elise Boulding: A Pioneer in Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism and the Family: From a Quaker Perspective, with Foreword by Betty Reardon and Preface by Úrsula Oswald Spring (Cham – Heidelberg –New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

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Part I: On and About Elise Boulding – Biographical Information – Bibliography of Elise Boulding’s Published and Selected Unpublished Writings – Other Scholars and Activists on Elise Boulding.

Part II: Writings by Elise Boulding on Peace Research and Peacemaking – Peace Research: The New Intellectual Frontier (1963) – The Dialectics of Peace (1990) – Feminist Inventions in the Art of Peacemaking (1995) – Peace Culture: An Overview (2000) – Reflections on Activism in One’s Eighties (2001).

Part III: Writings by Elise Boulding on the Family, the Future, Feminism and Quakerism – The Family as an Agent of Social Change (1972) – Translator’s Preface to The Image of the Future by Fred Polak (1973) – Preface to Women in the Twentieth Century (1977) – Human Time Tracks, from Children’s Rights and the Wheel of Life (1979) – Expanding our Sense of Time and History: The 200-Year Present, from Building a Global Civic Culture (1988) – Friends Testimonies in the Home (1989) – Foreword to The Underside of History (1992)


J. Russell Boulding (Ed.): Elise Boulding: Writings on Peace Research,Peacemaking and the Future (Cham – Heidelberg –New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

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Introduction and Overview by J. Russell Boulding

Part I: Elise Boulding on Peace Research and Peace Education – The Study of Conflict and Community in the International System: Summary and Challenges to Research (1967) – Peace Research: Dialectics and Development (1972) – Perspectives of Women Researchers on Disarmament, National Security and World Order (1981) – World Security and the Future from the Junior High School Perspective (1981) – Peace Education as Peace Development (1987)

Part II: Elise Boulding on Peacemaking – The Child and Nonviolent Social Change (1978) – Image and Action in Peace Building (1988) – New Understanding of Citizenship: Path to a Peaceful Future? (2003) – The Other America: The Forgivers and the Peacemakers (2003) – Witness to Islam’s Creativity: A Scholar’s Reflections on the Islamic Contribution to Peace Dialogue Among Faiths (2003)

Part III: Elise Boulding on the Future – Futurology and the Imaging Capacity of the West (1970) – The Dynamics of Imaging Futures (1978) – A Journey Into the Future: Imagining a Nonviolent World (2002)


J. Russell Boulding (Ed.): Elise Boulding: Writings on Feminism, the Family and Quakerism (Cham – Heidelberg –New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

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Introduction and Overview by J. Russell Boulding

Part I: Elise Boulding on Feminism and Ethnicity – Women in Community (1977) – Women and Social Violence (1981) – Ethnicity and New Constitutive Orders (1993) – Women’s Movements for Social Change: Social Feminism and Equity Feminism (1994)

Part II: Elise Boulding on the Family from a Sociological Perspective – The Family as a Way Into the Future (1978) – The Family as a Small Society (1982) – Familia Faber: The Family as Maker of the Future (1983)

Part III: Elise Boulding on the Family from a Quaker Perspective – The Challenge of Nonconformity: Reweaving the Web of Family Life for Gays and Lesbians (1987) – Quaker Foremothers as Ministers and Householders (1989) – Our Children, Our Partners: A New Vision for Social Action in the 21st Century (1996)

Part IV: Elise Boulding on Quaker Spirituality – The Joy That is Set Before Us (1956)


J. Russell Boulding (Ed.): Elise Boulding: Autobiographical Writings and Selections from Unpublished Journals and Letters (Cham – Heidelberg –New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

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Introduction by J. Russell Boulding

Part I: Elise Boulding Published Autobiographical Writings – Born Remembering (1988) – Milestones (1994)

Part II: Journals and Letters: Early Years, 1935–1967 – Childhood and Youth – Motherhood and Family Life – Early Activism and Scholarship

Part III: Journals: Middle Years, 1967–1985 – Inner Life: Seeking the Spirit – Outward Life: Scholarship and Activism

Part IV: Journals: Late Years, 1986–2010 – Last Years with Kenneth, 1986–1993 – Continuing Activism and Scholarship, 1993–2010 – Aging as a Spiritual Journey, 1994–2010 – Graceful Exit with Alzheimer’s, 2005–2010

On the Author
Elise Boulding
Dr. Elise Boulding (1920-2010) was a sociologist, pacifist, feminist and scholar who wrote extensively about conflict resolution in both personal and global relations. She was born in 1920 in Oslo, Norway and moved to the United States of America with her family at age three. In 1941, Elise Biorn-Hansen married the economist, Kenneth Boulding. Together, they created a family that spanned four generations with five children, sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Despite the extensive responsibilities that Elise Boulding had as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, she still managed to make time for extensive academic study and peace work. Elise Boulding is noted for her active role in many peace and research oriented groups. She was influential in the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and the Consortium on Peace Research Education and Development (COPRED—now Peace and Justice Studies Association), to name a few of the many organizations she provided leadership to. Furthermore, her service on the board of the United Nations University and the International Jury of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education has helped to further international efforts toward including peace education in curricula around the globe. In 1990, Boulding was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on nonviolence and conflict resolution. A few of the many honors and awards that she received include the Rocky Mountain Peace Center’s first Peace Maker of the Year award in 1996 and the Ikeda Center for Peace, Education and Dialogue’s first Global Citizen Award in 1995. Elise Boulding was a former University of Colorado at Boulder professor as well as a professor emerita of Sociology at Dartmouth College. After retiring from Dartmouth College in 1985 she lived in Boulder with her husband Kennth, remaining active together until he died in 1993. In November 1996, she moved to Wayland, MA, to live near her daughter Christie and in 2000 moved to the North Hill Retirement Community in Needham, MA. While living in the Boston area she was active in many organizations and continued to publish articles and books. Elise Boulding made significant contributions in the fields of peace research, peace education, peacemaking, future studies, feminism, the sociology of the family and had a lifelong involvement in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) which she joined in 1940 at the age of 20. She advocated for the greater inclusion of women at the highest levels of diplomacy. She argued that strong families and the early education of children in nonviolent problem-solving were significant assets in humanity’s defense against a trigger-happy future. She delineated the importance of nongovernmental organizations in creating cross-cultural communities that mitigate the belligerent effects of national rivalries. She pleaded for the greater consideration of and respect for the cultures of third world and primitive societies. She promoted environmentalism as a precept that gave individuals a stake in the perpetuation of a peaceable planet. And she pointed out time and again that though the world’s attention was most often focused on humankind’s penchant for conflict and violence, an equivalent, perhaps even more powerful, penchant for peaceable behavior existed in human beings as well. Books by Elise Boulding that made significant contributions to a variety of fields include The Underside of History: A View of Women Through Time (1975, revised 1992); Women in the Twentieth Century World (1977); Children’s Rights and the Wheel of Life (1978); Building a Global Civic Culture: Education for an Independent World (1988); and Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History (2000).
On the Editor of these Volumes
J. Russell Boulding J. Russell Boulding, the oldest son of Elise and Kenneth Boulding, has worked most of his life as a free-lance environmental consultant. Since 1973, when he helped set up the Environmental Defense Fund’s Denver Office, he has worked on projects funded by the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy (including Argonne and Sandia National Laboratories), U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, National Academy of Sciences, Council of Energy Resource Tribes, and numerous national, regional and local environmental organizations and citizens’ groups. Mr. Boulding has a B.A. in Geology (1970) from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an M.S. in Water Resources Management (1975) from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. He is author of more than 200 books, chapters, articles and consultant reports in the areas of environmental site characterization, soil and ground-water contamination assessment, fate and transport of hazardous chemicals, mined land reclamation, natural resource management and energy, economic and regulatory policy analysis. A number of his publications are available at: <>. His familiarity with Elise Boulding’s work extends beyond observing it as one of her children. In 1973 when Kenneth and Elise Boulding and Guy Burgess were developing the course The Social System of the Planet Earth (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley), he helped flesh out the character of Exoc, the Extraterrestrial intelligence that was used as a literary device to help students shift their perspective on the topic they were studying. He also compiled the list of science fiction readings for the first assignment in the class. When his father died in 1993 he prepared Kenneth Boulding’s papers and publications and initial donation of Elise Boulding’s papers to University of Colorado Archives. In 2009 he prepared the second donation of Elise Boulding’s papers and publications to the University of Colorado Archives when she moved from her apartment to the Skilled Nursing Facility at North Hill Retirement Community in Needham, MA.
Selected Biographical Links on Elise Boulding
Selected Links to Non-Audio Interviews with Elise Boulding
Selected Video and Audio Recordings with Elise Boulding
Selected Links to Lectures and Writings by Elise Boulding
Selected Obituaries and Writings about Elise Boulding Since 2010

Selected Books Written and Edited by Elise Boulding

Boulding, Elise and Daisaku Ikeda (2010).
Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen.
(Cambridge, MA: Dialogue Path Press).

Boulding, Elise (2000).
Cultures of Peace: the Hidden Side of History.
(Syracuse: Syracuse University Press).

Boulding, Elise and Randall Forsberg (1998).
Abolishing War: Dialogue with Peace Scholars
Elise Boulding and Randall Forsberg

(Cambridge, MA: Boston Research Center for the 21st Century).

Boulding, Elise and Kenneth E. Boulding (1995).
The Future: Images and Processes.
(Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage), 225 pp.
Boulding, Elise, ed. (1994).
Building Peace in the Middle East:
Challenges from States and Civil Society
(Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner).

Boulding, Elise, Clovis Brigagao and Kevin Clements, eds. (1991).
Peace Culture & Society:
Transnational Research and Dialogue

(Boulder, CO: Westview Press).

Boulding, Elise (1992).
The Underside of History:
A View of Women Through Time,

Revised Edition, vol 1.
(Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications), 390 pp.
Boulding, Elise (1992).
The Underside of History:
A View of Women Through Time,

Revised Edition, vol.2
(Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications) 370, pp..

Boulding, Elise (1989).
One Small Plot of Heaven:
Reflections on Family Life by a Quaker Sociologist.

(Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Press), 225 pp.

Boulding, Elise (1988).
Building a Global Civic Culture:
education for an Interdependent World.

(New York: Teachers College Press,
Columbia University), 192 pp..
Boulding, Elise (1980).
Women: the Fifth World.
Foreign Policy Association Headline Pamphlet No. 248
(New York: The Foreign Policy Association), 64 pp.
Boulding, Kenneth E., Elise Boulding & Guy Burgess (1980).
The Social System of the Planet Earth
(Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley), 196 pp.
Preliminary edition published in 1977.
Boulding, Elise. (1979).
Children’s Rights and The Wheel of Life.
(New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Press), 179 pp.
Boulding, Elise, L. Robert Passmore and
Robert Scott Gassler (1979).
Bibliography on World Conflict and Peace.
(Boulding, CO: Westview Press)..
Boulding, Elise (1977).
Women in the Twentieth Century World.
(New York: Sage Publications/Halsted Press), 264 pp..
Boulding, Elise (1976).
The Underside of History:
A View of Women Through Time.

(Boulder, CO: Westview Press), 829 pp. .
Boulding, Elise, Compiler (1976).
From A Monastery Kitchen.
With the assistance of Brother Victor Antonio Avila
and Sister Jeanne-Marie Pearse
(New York: Harper and Row), 127 pp.
Boulding, Elise, Translator (1973).
The Image of the Future.
(San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Elsevier), 319 pp.
Boulding, Elise, ed. (1967).
Conflict and Community in the International System.
The Journal of Social Issues) XII(1), January.
Boulding, Elise (1958).
My Part in the Quaker Adventure, Revised Edition.
(Philadelphia: Religious Education Committee
of Friends General Conference), 146 pp.
Translation of books by Elise Boulding into other Languages

Japanese edition of
Into Full Flower
(Tankobon, 2012).


French edition of
Into Full Flower
(ParisL L’Harmattan).
Books on Elise and Kenneth Boulding
Mary Lee Morrison (2005).
Elise Boulding: A Life in the Cause of Peace
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland).
Robert Scott (2015).
Kenneth Boulding: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness.
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Archives with Elise Boulding’s Papers

Main Archives: University of Colorado Archives, Guide to the Elise M. Boulding Collection (1961-1999) at Boulder.

Papers dating from 1933 to 1967 can also be found in the Kenneth Ewart Boulding Collection at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (see Box Nos. 19 through 21).


On the Authors of the Foreword and Preface to PAHSEP 6

Betty A. Reardon: Author of the Foreword
Elise Boulding: Scholarly Inventiveness, Peace Thinking toward a Humanly Inclusive World View

Betty A. Reardon is a feminist peace and human rights educator—activist with six decades in the development and dissemination of the field. The founder of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and the original peace education graduate specialization at Teachers College Columbia University, and one of the civil society originators of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, she has worked in all world regions toward international cooperation among peace educators. Widely published in peace education and gender issues, including Sexism and the War System, Teachers College Press (1985), Women and Peace, SUNY Press (1993), and The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security, Routledge (2010), her publications are archived in the Ward Canaday Special Collections at the University of Toledo Library.

See her two books in the Pioneer Series co-edited with Dale Snauwaert on: Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights and on Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace.

Úrsula Oswald Spring: Author of the Preface
Elise Boulding: A Pioneer in Peace Education, Peace Building and Peace Promotion

Úrsula Oswald Spring (Mexico) has a PhD in Social Anthropology with a specialization in Ecology. She is a full-time researcher at the Regional Centre of Multidisciplinary Research at UNAM, and held the first Chair of Social Vulnerability at the United Nations University (UNU-EHS). She has been Minister of the Environment in the State of Morelos. She is a member of the National Researchers System SNI, level III, was a lead author of the chapter on human security of the AR5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and member of UNESCO’s World Social Science Report. She has written and edited 51 books and 315 articles and book chapters. She was awarded the Environment Prize in the State of Tlaxcala, the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award, the Fourth Decade of Development by the UN, and Academic Women of the Year in 1991 and Women of the Year 2000.

Her previous edited books are: Water Resources in Mexico; and coedited books are: Expanding Peace Ecology; Addressing Global Environmental Challenges from a Peace Ecology Perspective and Regional Ecological Challenges for Peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Her forthcoming volumes in this series will be here between 2017-2019.