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Governing the world
the history of an idea
VerfasserIn: Mazower, Mark
Verfasserangabe: Mark Mazower
Jahr: 2012
Verlag: London, Lane
Mediengruppe: Buch
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"A history of the project of world government, from the first post-Napoleonic visions of the brotherhood of man to the current crisis of global finance"-- / / The Columbia University professor and award-winning author of The Balkans traces the history of the project of world government from the first post-Napoleonic visions of "the brotherhood of man" to the current global finance crisis, covering such topics as the rise and fall of the League of Nations, the development of the United Nations and the imminent end of Anglo-American dominance. / / Traces the history of world government from the post-Napoleonic visions of "the brotherhood of man" to the global finance crisis, covering such topics as the rise and fall of the League of Nations and the development of the United Nations. / / The story of global cooperation between nations and peoples is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanity’s worst problems. But international institutions have also provided a tool for the powers that be to advance their own interests and stamp their imprint on the world. Mark Mazower’s Governing the World tells the epic story of that inevitable and irresolvable tensionâ€"the unstable and often surprising alchemy between ideas and power. / / / / From the beginning, the willingness of national leaders to cooperate has been spurred by crisis: the book opens in 1815, amid the rubble of the Napoleonic Empire, as the Concert of Europe was assembled with an avowed mission to prevent any single power from dominating the continent and to stamp out revolutionary agitation before it could lead to war. But if the Concert was a response to Napoleon, internationalism was a response to the Concert, and as courts and monarchs disintegrated they were replaced by revolutionaries and bureaucrats. / / / / 19th century internationalists included bomb-throwing anarchists and the secret policemen who fought them, Marxist revolutionaries and respectable free marketeers. But they all embraced nationalism, the age’s most powerful transformative political creed, and assumed that nationalism and internationalism would go hand in hand. The wars of the twentieth century saw the birth of institutions that enshrined many of those ideals in durable structures of authority, most notably the League of Nations in World War I and the United Nations after World War II. / / / / Throughout this history, we see that international institutions are only as strong as the great powers of the moment allow them to be. The League was intended to prop up the British empire. With Washington taking over world leadership from Whitehall, the United Nations became a useful extension of American power. But as Mazower shows us, from the late 1960s on, America lost control over the dialogue and the rise of the independent Third World saw a marked shift away from the United Nations and toward more pliable tools such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. From the 1990s to 2007, Governing the World centers on a new regime of global coordination built upon economic rule-making by central bankers and finance ministers, a regime in which the interests of citizens and workers are trumped by the iron logic of markets. / / / / Now, the era of Western dominance of international life is fast coming to an end and a new multi-centered global balance of forces is emerging. We are living in a time of extreme confusion about the purpose and durability of our international institutions. History is not prophecy, but Mark Mazower shows us why the current dialectic between ideals and power politics in the international arena is just another stage in an epic two-hundred-year story. / / /
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS: /
Introduction xi
I The Era of Internationalism
 
Prologue: The Concert of Europe, 1815-1914
3 (10)
Chapter 1 Under the Sign of the International
13 (18)
Chapter 2 Brotherhood
31 (34)
Chapter 3 The Empire of Law
65 (29)
Chapter 4 Science the Unifier
94 (22)
Chapter 5 The League of Nations
116 (38)
Chapter 6 The Battle of Ideologies
154 (37)
II Governing the World the American Way
 
Chapter 7 "The League Is Dead. Long Live the United Nations"
191 (23)
Chapter 8 Cold War Realities, 1945-49
214 (30)
Chapter 9 The Second World, and the Third
244 (29)
Chapter 10 Development as World-Making, 1949-73
273 (32)
Chapter 11 The United States in Opposition
305 (38)
Chapter 12 The Real New International Economic Order
343 (35)
Chapter 13 Humanity's Law
378 (28)
Chapter 14 What Remains: The Crisis in Europe and After
406 (23)
Notes 429 (28)
Index 457
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Details
VerfasserIn: Mazower, Mark
VerfasserInnenangabe: Mark Mazower
Jahr: 2012
Verlag: London, Lane
Systematik: GP.W, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-0-7139-9683-8
2. ISBN: 0-7181-9294-X
Beschreibung: 1. publ. in Great Britain, XIX, 475 S.
Sprache: eng
Fußnote: Text engl.
Mediengruppe: Buch