Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "If You Want Peace, Prepare for War" 1. Old and New Left Internationalism and the Search for World Peace 2. Peace with the Planet: The International Struggle Against Nuclear Weapons 3. "Bridges of Reconciliation": The Religious Conceptualization of Peace in the Cold War 4. Gendered Peace, Women's Peace 5. War on Peace: Decolonization's Challenge to the Global Discourse on Peace 6. The Politics of Peace Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
Petra Goedde is Associate Professor of History and director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple University. She is the author of GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949 and the co-editor of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (OUP, 2012), and The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War (OUP, 2013).
"Petra Goedde's The Politics of Peace is a welcome intervention in the historiography of the Cold War and the United States in the world, neither of which has taken 'peace' seriously as an aspiration, as a social movement, or as a central theme of the Cold War and international relations since 1945...For too long, historians of the Cold War and international politics have treated peace activists with the same 'benign contempt' as their contemporaries did. Goedde shows us that the way forward is to re-conceptualize peace as a politics, to deconstruct Cold War binaries, and to focus on the complex interplay between non-state and state actors 'in both national and transnational contexts over time." -- Leilah Danielson, Diplomatic History "In a masterful act of recovery, Petra Goedde reveals how much we have missed by seeing the Cold War as a series of military and political conflicts, for it was equally a struggle over the pursuit of peace. Elegantly written and with sweeping transnational reach, The Politics of Peace shows how peace activists leveraged Christian ethics, human rights, environmentalism, and more-and concludes with a new and convincing explanation of the origins of detente."-Barbara Keys, author of Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s "Petra Goedde's book is transnational history at its best, and its subject could hardly be more timely or important. Bold and ambitious, sweeping in its reach, the study is nevertheless fully grounded in its sources. Equally assured in its treatment of grassroots social movements, anticolonial liberation struggles, and the policies of states, The Politics of Peace is a sparkling contribution to the literature of the global Cold War."-Andrew J. Rotter, Colgate University "In The Politics of Peace, Petra Goedde offers a fresh and important new perspective on the first decades of the Cold War. Based on multinational archival research, this transnational study demonstrates the pervasive influence of the various peace movements and their intersection with political, religious, and feminist currents."-Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut "Goedde's wonderfully imaginative and original work of transnational scholarship flips the lens of Cold War analysis from conflict to the subtleties and contradictions of struggles over peace. Goedde offers fresh interpretations of such often-told stories of the Berlin crisis and Cuban missile crisis as well as uncovering new cultural and political dimensions of global Cold War through a focus on a range of peace actors including Absurdist writers, filmmakers, and philosophers."-Penny Von Eschen, Cornell University