The War Over Perpetual Peace

An Exploration into the History of a Foundational International Relations Text

  • Authors
  • Eric S. Easley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Perpetual Peace

    1. Eric S. Easley
      Pages 1-6
  3. Kant’s Perpetual Peace: An Introduction to the Text, Interpretations, and Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Eric S. Easley
      Pages 9-22
  4. The Articles of Perpetual Peace: Peace Proposals Above the State Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Eric S. Easley
      Pages 35-45
  5. The Articles of Perpetual Peace: Peace Proposals at the State Level

  6. Shifting Hopes, Shifting Patterns

  7. Epilogue

    1. Eric S. Easley
      Pages 163-167
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-228

About this book


This book examines the various competing interpretations of Kant's foundational Perpetual Peace since its initial publication in the late eighteenth-century. According to Easley's analysis, there are two patterns of interpretations: 1) the text endorses peace proposals above the state level, 2) the text is in favour of peace proposals at the state level. The principal explanation for these two patterns resides in the rise and fall of hopes for peace through international organizations. It can also be attributed to the rise in the number of liberal states over time. Eric Easley provides a comprehensive historical background and analytical framework for understanding Perpetual Peace, allowing scholars of international relations to better understand and appreciate its complex meaning and see beyond the conventionally accepted interpretations of the day.


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