Encyclopedia of International Peacekeeping Operations

by Oliver Ramsbotham and Tom Woodhouse


What is the difference between peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peacebuilding? How can air support be used in peace operations? How does "British peacekeeping" differ from American and other forms of peacekeeping? For answers, look in this handy reference work, which ranges from the first UN observer missions in the Balkans in 1947 to present-day Bosnia, covering not only the "blue helmets," but also peacekeeping under other auspices.

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May 1999


Pages 356
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/General

Encyclopedia of International Peacekeeping Operations analyzes the broad national, regional, cultural, and international contexts of peacekeeping. Special focus is placed on such contemporary issues as human rights, peacebuilding from below, conflict resolution theory, civilian peacekeeping, gender considerations, and women in peacekeeping. The coverage is enhanced by a chronology, charts, maps, a list of acronyms, an annotated bibliography, and references to key websites.


  • Lists the U.N. offices responsible for peacekeeping operations, training centers, and programs
  • Detailed biographical sketches of important military, civilian, and political figures
  • Includes charts and maps of significant locations across the globe
  • Provides a chronology, annotated bibliography, and references to key websites


  • Explores the major controversies as well as the military doctrines concerning the issue of peacekeeping
  • Provides full historical summaries of all major missions
Author Info

Oliver Ramsbotham and Tom Woodhouse are senior lecturers in peace studies and co-directors of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, Bradford, England. They are editors of International Peacekeeping News and digest editors for International Peacekeeping.



"Recommended for general college collections."Choice

"...this encyclopedia unquestionably strengthens the body of peace and international relations reference works."Rettig on Reference (

"A comprehensive, accessible resource that provides information on the theory and practice of peacekeeping as a method of international conflict management and resolution in the contemporary world. A thorough index and extensive bibliography conclude this useful title."School Library Journal

" encyclopedia which is easy to use and suitable for the reference collections of all libraries."Reference & User Services Quarterly

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