The Making of Peace: Rulers, States, and the Aftermath of War

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $98.01
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 6%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $98.01   
  • New (2) from $98.01   
  • Used (1) from $127.66   


The Making of Peace represents a unique contribution to the study of war: namely, the difficulties that statesmen have confronted in attempting to put back together the pieces after a major conflict. These essays examine how Western belligerents have addressed - or failed to address - the making of peace across a span of two and a half millennia and in contests reflecting a broad range of prompting disputes. Some efforts produced at best a momentary suspension of hostilities. Others transformed the very context of international relations. Defined more modestly, however, as the control and moderation of violence, some peacemaking efforts were notably more successful than others. This study also serves as a first draft of a guide for those who will confront the equally difficult task of maintaining the peace, once achieved.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"All of the essays are clearly written, informative, intellectually stimulating, and full of important insights." -Ethan S. Rafuse, The Journal of Military History

"Recommended." -Choice

"The broad nature of the book would make it very useful for classroom use, particularly for undergraduate or graduate students of European history"
World History Bulletin, Jessica Achberger, University of Texas at Austin

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521517195
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Williamson Murray is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC, and Professor Emeritus of History at the Ohio State University. He is co-editor of The Past as Prologue (with Richard Hart Sinnreich), The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050 (with MacGregor Knox), Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (with Allan R. Millett), and The Making of Strategy (with Alvin Bernstein and MacGregor Knox).

Jim Lacey is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC, where he has written several studies on the war in Iraq and on the Global War on Terrorism. Lacey was also an embedded journalist with Time magazine during the invasion of Iraq, during which he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division. He is the author of Takedown: the 3rd Infantry Division's 21-Day Assault on Baghdad.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface: concluding peace Sir Michael Howard vii

1 Introduction: searching for peace Williamson Murray 1

2 The Peace of Nicias Paul A. Rahe 31

3 "A swift and sure peace": the Congress of Westphalia 1643-1648 Derek Croxton Geoffrey Parker 71

4 The Peace of Paris, 1763 Fred Anderson 101

5 In search of military repose: the Congress of Vienna and the making of peace Richard Hart Sinnreich 131

6 War and peace in the post-Civil War South James M. McPherson 160

7 Vae victoribus: Bismarck's quest for peace in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 Marcus Jones 177

8 Versailles: the peace without a chance Williamson Murray 209

9 "Building buffers and filling vacuums": Great Britain and the Middle East, 1914-1922 John Gooch 240

10 Mission improbable, fear, culture, and interest: peace making, 1943-1949 Colin Gray 265

11 The economic making of peace Jim Lacey 293

12 Ending the Cold War Frederick W. Kagan 323

13 Conclusion: history and the making of peace Richard Hart Sinnreich 356

Index 369

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)