Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth Century Europe

Hardcover | March 19, 2015

EditorThomas Hippler, Milos Vec

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"Peace" is often simplistically assumed to be war's opposite, and as such is not examined closely or critically idealized in the literature of peace studies, its crucial role in the justification of war is often overlooked. Starting from a critical view that the value of "restoring peace" or"keeping peace" is, and has been, regularly used as a pretext for military intervention, this book traces the conceptual history of peace in nineteenth century legal and political practice. It explores the role of the value of peace in shaping the public rhetoric and legitimizing action in generalinternational relations, international law, international trade, colonialism, and armed conflict. Departing from the assumption that there is no peace as such, nor can there be, it examines the contradictory visions of peace that arise from conflict. These conflicting and antagonistic visions of peace are each linked to a set of motivations and interests as well as to a certain vision of legitimacy within the international realm. Each of them inevitably conveys the image of a specific enemy that has to be crushed in order to peace beinginstalled. This book highlights the contradictions and paradoxes in nineteenth century discourses and practices of peace, particularly in Europe.

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"Peace" is often simplistically assumed to be war's opposite, and as such is not examined closely or critically idealized in the literature of peace studies, its crucial role in the justification of war is often overlooked. Starting from a critical view that the value of "restoring peace" or"keeping peace" is, and has been, regularly u...

Thomas Hippler is Associate Professor at the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po) at the University of Lyon, France. He studied History, Philosophy, and Music in Berlin, Paris, Florence, and Berkeley. He is senior research associate on the Oxford programme "The Changing Character of War". Milos Vec is a jurist and Chair of Eur...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Thomas Hippler and Milos Vec: Peace as a Polemic Concept: Writing the History of Peace in Nineteenth Century EuropePart I: International Law2. Milos Vec: From Invisible Peace to the Legitimation of War. Paradoxes of a Concept in 19th Century International Law Doctrine3. Eliana Augusti: Peace by Code: Draft Solutions for the Codification of International Law4. Kristina Lovric-Pernak: Aim: Peace - Sanction: War. International arbitration and the problem of enforcementPart II: Economy5. Thomas Hopkins: The Limits of 'Cosmopolitical Economy': International Trade and the Nineteenth-Century Nation-State6. Niels P. Petersson: The Promise and Threat of Free Trade in a Globalising Economy: A European Perspective7. Lea Heimbeck: 4 Legal Avoidance as Peace Instrument. Domination and Pacification through Asymmetric Loan TransactionsPart III: Actors8. Matthias Schulz: Paradoxes of a Great Power Peace: The Case of the Concert of Europe9. Adrian Brisku: The Holy Alliance as 'An Order of Things Conformable to the Interests of Europe and to the Laws of Religion and Humanity'10. Thomas Hippler: From Nationalist Peace to Democratic War: The Peace Congresses in Paris (1849) and Geneva (1867)11. Susan Zimmermann: The Politics of Exclusionary Inclusion. Peace Activism and the Struggle on International and Domestic Order in the International Council of Women, 1899 - 1914Part IV: Values12. Oliver Eberl: The Paradox of Peace with 'Savage' and 'Barbarian' Peoples13. Stefan Kroll: The Illiberality of Liberal International Law: Religion, Science, and the Peaceful Violence of Civilization14. Mustafa Aksakal: Europeanization, Islamization, and the New Imperialism of the Ottoman StateEpilogue15. Bo Strath: Perpetual Peace as Irony, as Utopia, and as Politics