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Peace Out

Why Civil Society Cannot Save the World

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Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World
Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World
By Jay Nordlinger
Encounter Books, 2012, 476 pp. $27.99 Purchase
The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
By Clifford Bob
Cambridge University Press, 2012, 240 pp. $26.99 Purchase

Every aspiring beauty-pageant queen knows what to say when asked what she wants most: "World peace." World peace is at least nominally what we all want most. But evidently, we are not very good at making it. The modern peace movement is almost 200 years old; its origins can be traced to the period that followed the devastating wars of the Napoleonic era in Europe. In those two centuries, peace movements have had little discernible impact on world events, and what effect they have had has often been bad: the European peace and disarmament movement of the 1930s, for example, greatly facilitated Hitler's plans for a war of revenge. For all the good they have done, those well-intentioned souls who have sought to achieve world peace through the organization of committees, the signing of petitions, the holding of rallies, and the promotion of international treaties might just as well have stayed

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