Why is HOOH such a good oxidizer?
I understand that the oxygens in HOOH are in a negative 1 oxidation state, and that oxygen generally adopts an oxidation state of negative 2.
I also know that oxidizers themselves are reduced, and that reduction entails a drop in oxidation state. This suggests to me that oxygen is more stable when found with a negative two oxidation state rather than a negative one oxidation state. This makes sense; oxygen is the second-most electronegative element on the periodic table, so it likely would be okay with a more negative oxidation state.
And from organic chemistry I understand that the O-O linkage in peroxides is relatively weak; light can rather easily homolytically cleave the O-O linkage. And HOOH is generally stored in dark bottles as to block light. This says something about thermodynamic stabilities to me - that HOOH has relatively weak bonds and that it would be enthalpically favorable for the oxygens to form other, stronger, bonds. Is this how HOOH is used in bombs? The O-O bond is weak; bond formation is exothermic, thus providing a way for the O-O bond to break and rearrange into stronger bonds releases vasts amount of energy?
I'm trying to tie together redox with thermodynamic stabilities.