In a legal perspective-and the words war and peace are legal terms, so a legal perspective is appropriate-"violent peace" characterizes the present state of world politics far more accurately than "cold war'' or ''armed truce." During this century the relatively tranquil peace of the Victorian Age has disintegrated into an increasingly violent and anarchic condition. For compelling reasons of policy, however, it is a condition we should still define as one of peace, that is, of general peace punctuated by episodes of limited war.
Rostow, Eugene V.
"Violent Peace and the Management of Power: Dilemmas and Choices in U.S. Policy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 41
, Article 2.
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