Nobel Prizes 2012: Peace

The winners of the 2012 Nobel prizes are being announced this week. So each day, we’ll be looking to see what Nobel-related content we have in Europeana.

Today, we congratulate the European Union, awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe. The Nobel committee commented that the 27-nation EU had helped to transform Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those who have ‘done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.’

Did you know that?

(Provided by the Norwegian Nobel Committee)

Mr Frédéric Passy : [photographie de presse] / Agence MeurissePhotograph of Frédéric Passy from the French National Library
(Public Domain)

Frédéric Passy was the first recipient of the Peace Prize in 1901 (with Jean-Henri Dunant). Passy was an economist and a politician and he maintained that free trade between independent nations promoted peace. Passy founded the first French Peace Society, which held a congress in Paris during the 1878 World Exhibition.

Madame Berthe Suttner [portrait] [photograph release] / [Agence Rol]Photograph of Berta von Suttner from the French National Library
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Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (1905). Suttner became a leading figure in the peace movement with the publication of her novel, Die Waffen nieder! (‘Lay Down Your Arms!’) in 1889 and founded an Austrian pacifist organisation in 1891.

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2 thoughts on “Nobel Prizes 2012: Peace

  1. I would like to celebrate sincerely this prize. I feel illusion with the idea of the EU, the project of union of pleoples and countries that no further will take the arms one against the other to solve their conflicts. In fact, the greatest of all projects that Humnity has embraced. But, in the middle of the present crisis, where the EU seems not to know what it wants to be, whre it wants to go, where inequality and social injustice are growing, and with an ambiguous commitment in other international conflicts, such as the Balcans in the 90s, the question of Gipsies all across Europe, the African migrants across the Mediterranean, or more recently in Libya and Sirya, it poses a reasonable doubt on the convinience of this Nobel Peace Prize. On the other hand, the prestige this Prize should have and used to have, is no longer a common place if we take on account, as you state in yor post, that Mahatma Gandhi never received it, and that other more questionable people, like Kissinger or Obama, did receive it. That’s a pity!

  2. UN should also consider children right activist Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan for Nobel Peace Prize who is known for her fighting with the terrorism for education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley.

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