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The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System

Gary Goertz, Paul F. Diehl, and Alexandru Balas


This book moves beyond defining peace as the absence of war and develops a broader conceptualization and explanation for the increasing peacefulness of the international system. The authors track the rise of peace as a new phenomenon in international history starting after 1945. The most hostile relationships in the international system – rivalries – are less frequent and “positive peace” relationships have increased dramatically since the end of World War II. International peace has increased because international society has developed a set of norms dealing with territorial conflict, by far ... More

Keywords: peace, war, rivalry, international conflict, territory, international norms, secession, mediation, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199301027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Goertz, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Paul F. Diehl, author
Associate Provost and Director of Teaching-Learning Initiatives, University of Texas-Dallas

Alexandru Balas, author
Director, Clark Center for International Education and Assistant Professor and Coordinator, International Studies Program, SUNY-Cortland