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This front matter section of this book titled Stopping Wars and Making Peace contains the table of contents, a note on contributors, acknowledgements and the introduction. During most of the history, war-the purposive application of violence through the military instrument for specific political ends-was a basic instrument of statecraft. For the most part, war was considered a lawful, honorable, ennobling, and even romantic pursuit. By contrast, peacemaking may have been extolled by some prophets , but it remained a marginal and indeed incongruous interstate activity. Stopping a war is a useful, if not indispensable, step toward making peace, but it does not lead ineluctably to peace, nor does the international community's interposition of "peacekeepers". Several case studies suggest indicia for determining whether a war is stoppable by means short of victory or exhaustion, but have not attempted to develop a comprehensive methodology for making this assessment.

Keywords: military instrument; peacemaking; politics; prophets; stopping wars

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