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The Origins of War Prevention the British Peace Movement and International Relations, 1730-1854

by Martin Ceadel

  • ISBN: 9780198226741
  • ISBN10: 0198226748

The Origins of War Prevention the British Peace Movement and International Relations, 1730-1854

by Martin Ceadel

  • List Price: $295.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780198226741
  • ISBN10: 0198226748
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Description: This book makes an original contribution to international relations and British politics. It identifies for the first time the dominant pre-modern theory of international relations, which fatalistically assumed that war was beyond human control. It then shows how this theory was undermined from the 1730s onwards, with the consequence that a debate began about how best to prevent war, in which a vocal minority argued that war as an institution for settling disputes could be abolished. Britain led the way in this repudiation of fatalism and exploration of pacific alternatives: it produced the world's first peace movement (which appeared in the mid-1790s as a response to the French wars) and the first enduring national peace association (the Peace Society, founded in 1816 and active for nearly a century); and it was the first country to allow peace thinking (for example, as expounded by Richard Cobden) to enter its political mainstream.
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