By Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
The West, Civil Society and the development of Peace describes how the demanding situations of peacemaking following the 1st and moment international Wars outlined the West. In flip, the problems in using the Western recipe for peace to the recent defense demanding situations of a globalizing global is threatening to ruin the foreign neighborhood. Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen explains how the values of civil society have held the West jointly and concludes that ''the democratic peace'' isn't a ''law'' yet a recipe for safeguard.
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The question of peace is surely of the greatest political importance at times when a war comes to an end and the new rules for relations between victors and vanquished are to be settled. War endings are an opportunity to see the values of liberal societies in action. This is not to say that the evolution of peaceful institutions is not of immense importance, but rather that liberal values of peacemaking have been much less studied and therefore are more in need of study. This book will focus on the way war endings are constructed by means of the democratic peace.
Woodrow Wilson may have perceived himself as a ‘philosopher king’, but that did not mean that he was a lofty idealist who fell victim to the hard-nosed realists of French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Winston Churchill identified that narrative with Ray Baker’s Woodrow Wilson and the World Settlement, according to which Wilson’s American, liberal ideals succumbed to the Byzantine, realist politics of Europe (Churchill 1929; Baker 1923). Many popular accounts of the Paris Peace Conference have followed this convenient plot.
Therefore liberal societies’ relations with states they regard as non-democratic remain measured in the currency of victory and defeat. Democratic states apply different rules when they invoke peace with democracies and non-democracies. When liberal societies make peace with non-democracies they invoke strategic rules. The structure of peace with non-democracies thus remains strategic and peace becomes an institution, which defines the relations of victor and vanquished in terms of conflict. In this case, peace is only the absence of war.