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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World$
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Peter Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037894

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037894.001.0001

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Demilitarization in Contemporary World History

(p.247) Afterword
Demilitarization in the Contemporary World

Peter N. Stearns

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explains how the classic half-empty, half-full conundrum applies to demilitarization. It is possible to point to the compromises that emerged in the most demilitarized societies and paint an even gloomier picture of the prospects of further change in the future. Yet the extent of real change and considerable durability is also clear, for distinctive features persist from funding levels to public opinion. The emergence of a real peace culture in several nations clearly has the capacity to extend to generations not directly touched by the catastrophes that triggered demilitarization in the first place. The reduced military maintains public favor by radical shifts in function, taking on humanitarian and crime-fighting roles that are far different from the activities that predominated before demilitarization.

Keywords:   demilitarization, demilitarized societies, peace culture, reduced military, public favor, humanitarian roles, crime-fighting, real change

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