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-- Peace conferences nevertheless created a general appreciation of international cooperation, the principle of international arbitration was established, and some specific organizations were created, e.g.the Red Cross in 1864 and the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

But all attempts failed, and each World War brought an end to most pre-war conferences and peace organizations.

Thus Oxford played a unique role in the Peace of 1814, and its two modest 1814 peace monuments -- see below -- have quietly marked this momentous event for over 200 years.

This puts the two Oxford monuments among the earliest examples of "peace monuments" anywhere & makes them contemporaries of the Stoodley Pike Monument in West Yorkshire (qv). Inscribed: "'PEACE was proclaimd In the CITY of OXFORD JUNE 1814.' There is a more modern inscribed stone immediately below the peace stone, which adds no information whatsoever: 'THE STONE ABOVE COMMEMORATES THE PEACE OF 1814.' In 1814 this peace stone was set in the north side of the tower of the original [11th century] medieval Church of St. This church was in the centre of the City of Oxford where four roads meet, and it was also the City Church." 1814 - Peace Stone, Plain Roundabout, Oxford (England). Inscribed "PEACE was proclaimed in the City of OXFORD JUNE 27 1814." The roundabout marked the eastern entrance to Oxford from the London direction in 1814 (St. Information courtesy of Stephanie Jenkins & Tim Myatt.

April 11, 1814 - "The Treaty of Fontainebleau was established in Fontainebleau (France) between Napoleon I [1769-1821] & representatives from the Austrian Empire, Russia & Prussia.

It was signed in Paris on 11 April, by the plenipotentiaries of both sides & ratified by Napoleon on 13 April.

And one of the things they wanted to do was to visit the famous university town of Oxford, one of the very few places in the country, incidentally, where the Prince Regent could rely on a warm welcome.

At the prospect, 'every heart fluttered with expectation and delight.'" -- From "Big Junket" by Christopher Danziger (2015).

Stoodley Pike is a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill in the south Pennines, noted for the 121 foot Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors above Todmorden.

Inscription above the entrance is worn & covered with lichen, but it is legible & reads: "Stoodley Pike.

-- Since World War II, there has been a plethora of so-called peace conferences, congresses, and festivals (and of official government conferences), but very few privately organized peace conferences have been able to sustain themselves for more than a few years.

One exception is the Pugwash Conference on Science & World Affairs which began in 1957 and still meets annually.

Most of the information presented below was obtained from the World Wide Web and is therefore incomplete, and many conferences have undoubtedly been omitted altogether.