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Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth Century Europe$
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Thomas Hippler and Miloš Vec

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727996.001.0001

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The Politics of Exclusionary Inclusion

The Politics of Exclusionary Inclusion

Peace Activism and the Struggle on International and Domestic Political Order in the International Council of Women, 1899–19141

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(p.189) 11 The Politics of Exclusionary Inclusion
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Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth Century Europe
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Susan Zimmermann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727996.003.0011

The peace politics of the International Council of Women were haunted by tension and conflict over how peace was to be conceptualized and promoted in relation to the ‘real world out there’ and within the organization itself. Many within the ICW conceived of peace as taming international relations among Western and other ‘civilized’ nations and aimed at preserving the given status of these nations as a group, as well as imperial world order as a whole, while never addressing many forms of inequality and ongoing violence in the international order. Simultaneously within the organization challenges to this concept of peace were construed as misplaced particularism that could destroy the hoped for unity of women and humanity. The argument that women had a distinct interest in peace found its place in the peace work of the ICW as long as it was not explicitly related to the domestic political order.

Keywords:   ICW, peace politics, women’s organizations, peace activism, international relations, imperial world order

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