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The Politics of Peace: A Global Cold War History

Petra Goedde


This study explores the emerging politics of peace, both as an ideal and as a pragmatic aspect of international relations during the early Cold War. By tracing the myriad ways in which a broad spectrum of people involved in and affected by the Cold War used, altered, and fought over this seemingly universal concept, it deconstructs the assumed binary between realist and idealist foreign policy approaches generally accepted among contemporary policymakers. It argues that a politics of peace emerged in the 1950s and 1960s as a result of a gradual convergence between idealism and realism. A trans ... More

Keywords: peace, Cold War, national liberation movements, SANE, World Peace Council, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Women Strike for Peace, Vietnam, détente, Ostpolitik

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195370836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Petra Goedde, author
Associate Professor of History, Temple University, USA