ISBN : 9780199656004
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