Peace: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Nov 27, 2014 - Political Science - 144 pages
The concept of peace has always attracted radical thought, action, and practices. It has been taken to mean merely an absence of overt violence or war, but in the contemporary era it is often used interchangeably with 'peacemaking', 'peacebuilding', 'conflict resolution', and 'statebuilding'. The modern concept of peace has therefore broadened from the mere absence of violence to something much more complicated. In this Very Short Introduction, Oliver Richmond explores the evolution of peace in practice and in theory, exploring our modern assumptions about peace and the various different interpretations of its applications. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

the multiple dimensions of peace
1
Defining peace
5
Peace in history
22
Peace in modernity
44
The victors peace in history
52
The constitutional peace
60
The institutional peace
67
The civil peace
79
Hybrid forms of peace
106
new agendas for peace
120
Further reading
127
Index
137
A Very Short Introduction
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Peacekeeping peacebuilding and statebuilding
90

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Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and the Department of Politics, Manchester University. He has lectured and conducted research in universities around the world, and published widely in the area of international relations, peace and conflict studies. His recent publications include Peace in IR Theory (Routledge, 2008) and A Post-Liberal Peace (Routledge, 2011). He is the editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies.

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