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The Origins of War PreventionThe British Peace Movement and International Relations 1730-1854$
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Martin Ceadel

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198226741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198226741.001.0001

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Introduction: Two Neglected Subjects

Introduction: Two Neglected Subjects

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Two Neglected Subjects
The Origins of War Prevention

Martin Ceadel

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the two parts of the book which deal, respectively, with a topic whose significance has yet to be recognized, and a related one of acknowledged importance for which, until recently, a key source has been generally unavailable. Part I draws attention to a profound change in popular attitudes — the belief that war was the normal condition of international relations was replaced by the belief that it was an abnormal one. Part II examines the birth of the cause group — the peace movement — which first appeared in the mid-1790s. The chapter then discusses the fatalistic theory of international relations and the development of the British peace movement.

Keywords:   war, peace, international relations, British politics, peace movement, fatalism

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