BOOK REVIEW The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education and Children’s Rights


  • Mira Catherine Debs Yale University



Montessori, peace education, children's rights


Erica Moretti, a professor of Italian at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, authored a recent intellectual biography of Maria Montessori, The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children’s Rights. In this book, Moretti writes in conversation with fellow European researchers and builds on their work to present this English-language examination of Montessori’s pacifism that places her as a central figure in 20th-century global humanitarianism, disaster relief, peace activism, and social reform.

Author Biography

Mira Catherine Debs, Yale University

Mira Debs is the Executive Director of the Education Studies Program and a Lecturer in Sociology at Yale University.


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Debs, M. (in press). Montessori in India 1915–2021: Adapted, competing and contested framings. History of Education Quarterly.

Leucci, T. (2020). Maria Montessori en Inde [Maria Montessori in India]. In T. Leucci, C. Markovita, & A. Fourcade (Eds.) L’Inde et l’Italie: Rencontres intellectuelles, politiques et artistiques (pp. 245–285). Éditions EHESS.

Quarfood, C. (2017.) Montessoris pedagogiska imperium: Kulturkritik och politik i mellankrigstidens Montessorirörelse [Montessori’s educational empire: Cultural criticism and politics in the intercontinental Montessori movement]. Daidalos.

Todaro, L. (2020). L’alba di una nuova era [The dawn of a new era]. Maggioli Editore.

Tschurenev, J. (2021). Montessori for all? Indian experiments in ‘child education,’ 1920s–1970s. Comparative Education, 57(3), 322–340.




How to Cite

Debs, M. C. (2022). BOOK REVIEW The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education and Children’s Rights. Journal of Montessori Research, 8(1).