What is the significance of the title A Separate Peace by John Knowles?

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A "separate peace" has roots in actual military and political actions of different countries. It is a bit of a convoluted arrangement between the different countries, so I will try to give it a simple explanation. Country "A" and "B" are allies; however, country "A" decides that it is going to go to war with country "C." Country "B" should support its allies, but country "B" does not want to go to war. They do not want to be dragged into the conflict, so country "B" decides that they will make a peace agreement with country "C." "B" is obtaining a "separate peace" outside of the conflict that exists between "A" and "C." A historical example of this occurred in 1917, when Russia signed a peace agreement with Germany rather than continuing its commitment to the Triple Entente.

The phrase "separate peace" appears in chapter nine.

It wasn't the cider which made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this...

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