The Nobel Peace Prize by Emil Bobi

A polemic comparing Alfred Nobel’s utopian ideas for the Peace Prize and its pragmatic administration today. Has the world’s most prestigious award drifted away from its stated purpose?

Journalist Emil Bobi examines the origins of the Nobel Peace Prize within the nineteenth-century antiwar movement and in the context of Alfred Nobel’s life, then juxtoposes it against the modern institutionalized Prize and its drift away from issues of peace and disarmament.

Scope
176 pages
Duration
5 months
Quote from Translation
“Outside on Stortorget, the crowded medieval square that was once Stockholm’s city center, the picture-perfect huts of the Christmas market are huddled in the cold. Frail snowflakes scrawl meandering patterns in the air, which is laden with the fragrance of hot punch and the jingling of Christmas music from wind-up toys. On the outside, not much has changed since the last time Alfred Nobel paid a visit here. A dense root system of steep, narrow, and needlessly windy alleyways has protected the district from the invasion of automobiles and other machines. But on the inside, the houses have transformed entirely. No one is shivering behind damp walls or coughing in the smoke of dim oil lamps. There are no more rivulets of stinking sewage, no more epidemics, no more hunger.”
Bibliographic Details
Bobi, Emil. The Nobel Peace Prize: The Truth Behind the Honor. [Der Nobelfriedenspreis. Ein Abriss] Ecowin, 2015.