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Intelligent Compassion: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Feminist Peace

Catia Cecilia Confortini


This book traces changes in ideas and policies of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF—the longest-living international women’s peace organization) over a thirty-year period, from 1945 to 1975. Focusing on three areas of the organization’s work (namely disarmament, decolonization, and the conflict in Israel/Palestine), the book addresses the agent-structure problem in international relations, specifically asking to what extent activists can transcend the practices of their era given that they are also shaped by them. Inspired by a feminist tradition that sees activists ... More

Keywords: feminism, peace, women’s organizations, feminism, international relations, methodology, peace studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199845231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catia Cecilia Confortini, author
Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Wellesley College