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FDR and the Creation of the U.N. / Edition 1
     

FDR and the Creation of the U.N. / Edition 1

by Townsend Hoopes, Douglas Brinkley
 

ISBN-10: 0300085532

ISBN-13: 9780300085532

Pub. Date: 07/11/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

In recent years the United Nations has become more active in-and more generally respected for-its peacekeeping efforts than at any other period in its fifty-year history. During the same period, the United States has been engaged in a debate about the place of the U.N. in the conduct of its foreign policy. This book, the first account of the American role in creating

Overview

In recent years the United Nations has become more active in-and more generally respected for-its peacekeeping efforts than at any other period in its fifty-year history. During the same period, the United States has been engaged in a debate about the place of the U.N. in the conduct of its foreign policy. This book, the first account of the American role in creating the United Nations, tells an engrossing story and also provides a useful historical perspective on the controversy.

Prize-winning historians Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley explain how the idea of the United Nations was conceived, debated, and revised, first within the U.S. government and then by negotiation with its major allies in World War II. The experience of the war generated increasing support for the new organization throughout American society, and the U.N. Charter was finally endorsed by the community of nations in 1945. The story largely belongs to President Franklin Roosevelt, who was determined to form an organization that would break the vicious cycle of ever more destructive wars (in contrast to the failed League of Nations), and who therefore assigned collective responsibility for keeping the peace to the five leading U.N. powers-the major wartime Allies. Hoopes and Brinkley focus on Roosevelt but also present vivid portraits of others who played significant roles in bringing the U.N. into being: these include Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles, Dean Acheson, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie, Edward Stettinius, Arthur Vandenberg, Thomas Dewey, William Fulbright, and Walter Lippmann. In an epilogue, the authors discuss the checkered history of the United Nations and consider its future prospects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300085532
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
963,676
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
CHAPTER 1 The Ghost of Woodrow Wilson1
CHAPTER 2 A Grim Road to War12
CHAPTER 3 Argentia and the Atlantic Charter26
CHAPTER 4 Postwar Planning Begins43
CHAPTER 5 The Widening Public Debate55
CHAPTER 6 Progress in 194364
CHAPTER 7 Will the Russians Participate?75
CHAPTER 8 Quebec and Moscow83
CHAPTER 9 Cairo and Teheran94
CHAPTER 10 High Hopes But Inherent Limits110
CHAPTER 11 Domestic Politics in 1944123
CHAPTER 12 The Dumbarton Oaks Conference I133
CHAPTER 13 The Dumbarton Oaks Conference II148
CHAPTER 14 The 1944 Election159
CHAPTER 15 An Unsettling Winter166
CHAPTER 16 Contention and Compromise at San Francisco184
Epilogue205
Appendix. Charter of the United Nations223
Notes251
Bibliography271
Index279

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