No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological by Mark Mazower

By Mark Mazower

No Enchanted Palace lines the origins and early improvement of the United international locations, the most influential but possibly least understood businesses energetic on this planet at the present time. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to put aside the preferred fantasy that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of global struggle II because the father or mother of a brand new and peaceable worldwide order, supplying as an alternative a strikingly unique interpretation of the UN's ideological roots, early heritage, and altering position in international affairs.

Mazower brings the founding of the UN brilliantly to lifestyles. He indicates how the UN's creators expected an international association that might guard the pursuits of empire, but how this imperial imaginative and prescient used to be decisively reshaped by way of the postwar reaffirmation of nationwide sovereignty and the unanticipated upward push of India and different former colonial powers. this can be a tale advised in the course of the conflict of personalities, reminiscent of South African statesman Jan Smuts, who observed within the UN a way to guard the previous imperial and racial order; Raphael Lemkin and Joseph Schechtman, Jewish intellectuals at odds over how the UN should still wrestle genocide and different atrocities; and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first leading minister, who helped remodel the UN from an device of empire right into a discussion board for finishing it.

A much-needed historic reappraisal of the early improvement of this important global establishment, No Enchanted Palace finds how the UN outgrew its origins and has exhibited a rare flexibility that has enabled it to undergo to the current day.

Show description

Read or Download No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (The Lawrence Stone Lectures) PDF

Similar politics books

Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism

During this attention-grabbing examine the original conjuncture of things surrounding Il Duce's seizure of strength, eminent historian Donald Sassoon lines the political conditions that despatched Italy on a collision direction with the main harmful struggle of the century. at the morning of 30 October 1922, Mussolini arrived in Rome to simply accept the premiership of a constitutional, conservative executive.

The Battle of London: Trudeau, Thatcher, and the Fight for Canada's Constitution

After the referendum in 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau grew to become his points of interest on repatriating the structure to be able to make Canada absolutely self reliant of england. What must have been an easy method snowballed right into a complex intrigue.

Quebec, which idea its prerogatives will be threatened if the structure have been repatriated, fixed a appeal offensive, replete with positive eating and costly wines for you to effect key British MPs. to not be outdone, Canada's local leaders, who felt betrayed by way of the British Crown, determined to go into the fray, decided to make sure that their reason may triumph. English Labour had a view at the topic in addition, which mainly concerned embarrassing major Minister Thatcher as completely as possible.

Historian Frédéric Bastien describes with nice aptitude how the maverick Trudeau and the uncompromising Thatcher entered into one among history's impossible marriages of comfort with the intention to repatriate the Canadian structure.

Israel: the First Hundred Years, Volume 3: Israeli Politics and Society since 1948

Due to the fact its founding in 1948 Israel has confronted many political, social and mental demanding situations, surprising to different international locations at the western democratic political version and bizarre to the Jewish nation. This paintings covers the position of politics in Israel considering that 1948.

Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface

Because its visual appeal 20 years in the past, Benjamin R. Barber's robust Democracy has been one of many fundamental criteria opposed to which political technological know-how considering and writing is measured. outlined because the participation of the entire humans in at the very least a few facets of self-government at the least a number of the time, powerful Democracy bargains liberal society a brand new mind set approximately and of working towards democracy.

Extra resources for No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (The Lawrence Stone Lectures)

Sample text

The question was how to make it peaceful, to prevent it leading to instability, war, or what he called “imperialism”—in other words, unregulated landgrabs at the expense of the reasonable claims of other European powers. One answer was to look to the idea of a commonwealth of nations. indd 34 7/25/09 12:59:58 PM Chapter 1 35 advocating an imperial government—and later a strong world government too. But Smuts’s viewpoint was more sensitive to national loyalties and ultimately more influential. He too identified wholly with the idea of British leadership.

And wouldn’t British troops find themselves putting out fires all over the world? Meanwhile, empire hardliners like Milner rejected anything that would entangle the empire in Europe but wanted at the same time to ensure closer relations with the United States. 15 These arguments were rehearsed at the crucial British cabinet meeting that met on Christmas Eve 1918 ahead of the peace conference in Paris. indd 41 7/25/09 12:59:59 PM 42 Smuts and Imperial Internationalism took internationalism further than most of the former wished to go, but tied it to the preservation and even extension of imperial power.

Mindful of the way the North American colonies had broken away at the end of the eighteenth century, and wishing to keep other white settler colonies (notably his own Union of South Africa) within the safety of the empire’s embrace, Smuts and other theorists of the British Empire had turned to the concept of commonwealth to imagine a way of unifying nations in a common cause for the sake of democracy. In his view, South Africa needed to remain within the empire, not only for its own safety but in order to carry out its mission as bearer of civilization to the Dark Continent.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.59 of 5 – based on 47 votes