© 2005

The Transformation of Peace


Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 1-19
  3. Approaches to Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 23-51
    3. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 52-84
    4. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 85-123
  4. Constructing the Liberal Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 127-148
    3. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 149-179
  5. Reflecting on the Concepts of Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Oliver P. Richmond
      Pages 183-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-286

About this book


This book examines the transformation of the discourse and praxis of peace, from its early beginnings in the literature on war and power, to the development of intellectual and theoretical discourses of peace, contrasting this with the development of practical approaches to peace, and examining the intellectual and policy evolution regarding peace.


Governance Peace Peacebuilding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of St. AndrewsUK

About the authors

OLIVER P. RICHMOND is a Professor in International Relations and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St. Andrews, UK.

Bibliographic information


'The importance of this book lies in its forensic approach to the 'liberal peace' advocated by most contemporary diplomats, NGOs, academics and negotiators. The book carries the intellectual and policy debate beyond the process of peacemaking to 'the implicit concepts of peace and their usages.' - John Darby, Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, USA

'A good theoretical starting point for any student or professional looking for operational conceptualizations of peace [...] a call for a research agenda into the concept of peace and its nature [... and] a worthwhile addition to [the] curriculum.' - History, Society and Culture

'...the most theoretically powerful critique of the liberal peace of recent years' - Millennium - Journal of International Studies