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The Origins of War Prevention: The British Peace Movement and International Relations 1730-1854

Martin Ceadel


This book identifies the dominant pre-modern theory of international relations, which fatalistically assumed that war was beyond human control. It then shows how this theory was undermined from the 1730s onwards, with the consequence that a debate began about how best to prevent war in which a vocal minority argued that war as an institution for settling disputes could be abolished. Britain led the way in this repudiation of fatalism and exploration of pacific alternatives: it produced the world’s first peace movement (which appeared in the mid-1790s as a response to the French wars) and the f ... More

Keywords: international relations, war, disputes, fatalism, peace movement, national peace association, the Peace Society, Richard Cobden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198226741
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198226741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Ceadel, author
New College, Oxford
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