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On the Law of PeacePeace Agreements and the Lex Pacificatoria$
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Christine Bell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226832.001.0001

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The Peace Agreement in Historical Context

The Peace Agreement in Historical Context

(p.77) 4 The Peace Agreement in Historical Context
On the Law of Peace

Christine Bell

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief, emblematic history of peace agreements from the Treaty of Kadesh in around 1280 BC until the contemporary peace agreement. The history is used to argue that peace agreements involving a mix of state and nonstate actors have been a persistent feature of conflict resolution efforts, with a remarkable continuity. However, whether they were assumed to operate in the domestic or the international sphere has changed over time. The historical analysis demonstrates that peace agreements have therefore had a role in reshaping what is understood to be the international sphere, by defining what constitutes ‘the national’.

Keywords:   international legal history, peace agreement history, Treaty of Kadesh, conflict resolution, international sphere

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