Peace: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199656004

Oliver P. Richmond
160 Pages
114 x 174 mm
Pub date
Nov 2014
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  • 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

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. 
"Richmond is generally to be commended for the ground covered in such a short space while ensuring clarity." - Alexander Blanchard, Political Studies Review


Introduction: The multiple dimensions of peace
1: A brief history of debates and practices of peace
2: Modern assumptions about peace
3: A victors' peace and beyond
4: The constitutional peace
5: The institutional peace
6: A civil peace
7: Liberal peacebuilding and statebuilding
8: Hybrid forms of peace

About the author: 

Oliver P. 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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