Alfred Hermann Fried(1864-1921), Peace Activist and Nobel Prize Laureate

Petra Schönemann-Behrens provides an informative review of the life and times of Alfred H. Fried (1864-1921), a significant if underappreciated Austrian pacifist of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Already in 2011, on the 100th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, Petra Schönemann-Behrens’ biography of Alfred H. Fried was published in German. This excellent study of a fascinating pioneer of the pre-World War I peace movement – and close collaborator of Bertha von Su...
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Inauguration du Jardinet et Maison de la Paix a Estaing

Une bâtisse médiévale tout récemment rénovée. Les visiteurs pourront y découvrir des œuvres d’art sur la paix et des histoires incroyables sur les femmes et hommes ayant travaillé toute leur vie pour la paix (notamment les lauréats du prix Nobel de la paix). La Maison de la Paix organise aussi des ateliers et des réunions pour des groupes internationaux qui viennent apprécier les beaux paysages et villages situés le long de la rivière Lot. Du fait que le célèbre chemin de pèlerinage médiéval ver...
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The Apotheosis of War

This year (2021) sees the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous and gruesome anti-war paintings of all time, The Apotheosis of War by the Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin, a friend of Bertha von Suttner. Reproductions belong in every museum of peace and war. For the 10th conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP), held virtually in Kyoto in September 2020, Peter van den Dungen presented a paper titled Conveying the Reality of War: Vasily Vereshchagin – “The great...
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Conveying the Reality of War: Vasily Vereshchagin – “The greatest painter of the horrors of war that ever lived”

By Peter van den Dungen, 2020 Since its emergence in the early 19th century, and continuing today, the peace movement has organised countless national and international congresses. Their importance in promoting the development of a culture of peace and strengthening efforts for the prevention and abolition of war, was recognised by Alfred Nobel. In his last will and testament, signed in Paris on 27th November 1895 –  125 years ago –  he mentioned ‘the holding and promotion of peace congresses...
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Bertha von Suttner’s anti-war novel in French – Bas les armes! (1899): The late and troublesome birth of a non-bestseller

On 9 October 2020, the editors of the French literary magazine, Books, published an article about Bertha von Suttner following the announcement on the same day of that year’s laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize. However, ‘Bertha von Suttner, first woman laureate of the Nobel peace prize’,[1] is disappointing both as regards the length and content of the article. It mentions that it was the ‘radical pacifist’ (sic) who convinced Alfred Nobel to honour individuals who promoted the fraternity of peop...
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Bas les armes! (1899): The late and troublesome birth of a non-bestseller”

Bertha von Suttner’s famous anti-war novel, Die Waffen nieder! (1889), was a bestseller that was translated at the time in most European languages. However, surprisingly, it took ten years before a French edition, Bas les armes!, was published (1899). Recent French biographers of Bertha von Suttner barely acknowledge the existence of the translation. Moreover, the first reprint in more than a century of Bas les armes! (2015) is virtually silent about how the original translation and publication ...
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