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Randal Cremer

The Nobel Peace Prize 1903

Co-founder, Inter-Parliamentary Union. Secretary, International Arbitration League. British Parliamentarian. World organizing. Prevent war. Founder, Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners.

Upon entering into treaties of arbitration, the disputants would have time for reflection, for while arbitrators were deliberating, passions of contending parties would cool and chances of war greatly diminished.


1. "All the vested interests and people who profit by war will - with the journals they control - resolutely oppose any reduction of armaments."

2. "At the first rumors of war, timid investors in various government stock, being panic-stricken, sell out, to their loss and the gamblers' gain."

3. "It may be that for a long time some nations will continue to fight each other, but the example of those nations who prefer arbitration to war, law courts to the battlefield, must sooner or later influence the belligerent powers and make war as unpopular as pugilism [boxing] is now."

4. "Amongst the advantages which we have contended that nations would reap from entering into treaties of arbitration are, that when differences arose, the disputants would have time for reflection, because, while the arbitrators were deliberating, the passions of the contending parties would cool, and the chances of war be greatly diminished."

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Name: William Randal Cremer
Birth: March 18, 1828 Fareham, United Kingdom
Death: July 22, 1908, London, United Kingdon
Residence at the time of the award: United Kingdom
Role: Secretary, International Arbitration League, Member, British Parliament
Field: peace movement, world organizing
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