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Peace: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Oliver P. Richmond

23 February 2023

ISBN: 9780192857026

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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The modern concept of peace has broadened from the mere absence of violence to something more sophisticated, incorporating terms such as 'peacemaking' and 'conflict resolution'. This Very Short Introduction is theoretically updated and introduces a new framework to understand the overall evolution of international peace architecture.

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The modern concept of peace has broadened from the mere absence of violence to something more sophisticated, incorporating terms such as 'peacemaking' and 'conflict resolution'. This Very Short Introduction is theoretically updated and introduces a new framework to understand the overall evolution of international peace architecture.

  • Provides a succinct analysis of the evolution of the concept of peace
  • Clearly explains the concepts, theory, and terminology related to all aspects of peace
  • Examines the international institutions of peace, civil peace, and conflict resolution
  • Considers the reality of peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and statebuilding
  • Provides a range of examples of peacemaking in history, society, and across different conflict-affected settings
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • This new edition is theoretically and empirically updated and introduces a new framework to understand the overall evolution of the international peace architecture

About the Author(s)

Oliver P. Richmond, Research Professor in IR, Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of Politics/IR, University of Manchester

Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor in IR, Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK. He was previously a professor at the University of St Andrews, and before that, the University of Nicosia. He is also International Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His publications include The Grand Design (Oxford University Press, 2022), Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Failed Statebuilding (2014). He is editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the Journal, Peacebuilding.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: the multiple dimensions of peace
    1:Defining peace
    2:The victor's peace in history
    3:Peace in history: towards the Enlightenment
    4:Peace in modernity: the constitutional peace
    5:The next step: an institutional peace
    6:A radical phase: a civil peace and social advocacy
    7:The development of an international peace architecture
    8:Peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and statebuilding
    9:Hybrid forms of peace, peace formation and counter-peace
    Epilogue: new agendas for peace
    Further Reading
    Index

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