Arms at Rest: Peacemaking and Peacekeeping in American History

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This outstanding collection of essays is the product of a symposium on peacemaking and peacekeeping, sponsored by the National Committee for the Bicentennial of the Treaty of Paris. The original papers included in this volume were written by leading scholars from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada to assess themes related to the prerequisites and consequences of peace. The emphasis is on peaceful outcomes and the preservation of peace, rather than the causes of war, and the writings reflect a ...

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Overview

This outstanding collection of essays is the product of a symposium on peacemaking and peacekeeping, sponsored by the National Committee for the Bicentennial of the Treaty of Paris. The original papers included in this volume were written by leading scholars from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada to assess themes related to the prerequisites and consequences of peace. The emphasis is on peaceful outcomes and the preservation of peace, rather than the causes of war, and the writings reflect a penetrating awareness of the many facets of peacemaking and peacekeeping. Included are thought-provoking discussions on the impact of war and promise of peace on women, the American perception of peace as an opportunity for profit and as a private political issue, the avoidance of war, and the possible obsolescence of war in our own era.

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Meet the Author

JOAN R. CHALLINOR is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of History at American University, Washington, DC.

ROBERT L. BEISNER is Professor and Chairman of the Department of History, American University, Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: War, Peace, and American Culture and Society in the Revolutionary Era

"May all our Citizens be Soldiers, and all our Soldiers Citizens": The Ambiguities of Female Citizenship in the New Nation by Linda K. Kerber

The Problem of Dependency After America Became Independent by David F. Musto

Part II: Peace and Expansion Through Commerce, Cooperation, and Singular Initiative

Trade as a Precursor of Diplomacy: The Beginnings of American Commercial Relations with the Pacific and Indian Ocean Areas, 1782-1815 by Harold D. Langley

Winning the Peace: The New Diplomacy in a World of Change by James A. Field, Jr.

Part III: The Varied Paths to Peace in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

United States Expansionism and the British North American Provinces, 1783-1871 by Reginald C. Stuart

The Anglo-American Armies and Peace, 1783-1868 by Russell F. Weigley

The Precarious Peace: China, the United States, and the Quemoy-Matsu Crisis, 1954-1955, 1958 by Michael A. Lutzker

Part IV: Peace Through the Obsolescence of War?

The Evolution of Battle and the Prospects of Peace by John Keegan

Bibliographic Essay

Index

About the Contributors

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