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5 - What Makes a Prize Winner?

What Makes a Prize Winner?

Most Nobel Peace Prize winners excelled in one or more of four areas:

The Peace Movement
At the end of Nobel's life a strong peace movement worked for peace through arbitration, international law and disarmament. Early winners reflected this. More recently, campaigners against landmines and nuclear weapons have been honoured.

Humanitarian Work
Although the joint first winner was Henry Dunant, who founded the International Red Cross, most prizes for relieving suffering came in the period 1938-1981.

Human Rights
Human Rights activists, however, were not recognised until 1960. Many such awards have been made since then.

Resolving Regional Conflict
Political leaders were honoured who tried to assist the world's trouble spot. This attempt to encourage peacemakers led to a number of controversial political awards.



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