The West, Civil Society and the Construction of Peace

The West, Civil Society and the Construction of Peace

by Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen


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The West, Civil Society and the Construction of Peace describes how the challenges of peacemaking following the First and Second World Wars defined the West. In turn, the difficulties in applying the Western recipe for peace to the new security challenges of a globalizing world is threatening to destroy the international community. Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen explains how the values of civil society have held the West together and concludes that 'the democratic peace ' is not a 'law' but a recipe for security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403917140
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/09/2003
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

MIKKEL VEDBY RASMUSSEN is a Research fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: A Time for Peace Imagine Peace A Peace Called Democracy Civil Society Conclusions A World Safe for Democracy, 1917-19 Victory without Peace The Grand Alliance of Democracies Making Safe What Could You do After the Great War? The Sinews of Peace, 1944-51 The Lesson of Versailles The Problem of Peaceful Change Positive Security Total Peace New World Orders, 1989-2001 Once Again It is a Time for Peace Globalisation, Internationalism and Empire Keeping the Peace: Reflexive Security We are All Americans? Conclusion: Ironic Democratic Peace Theory Notes Bibliography Index

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