Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present [NOOK Book]

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A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the world’s governing institutions



The story of global cooperation is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanity’s worst problems. But international institutions are also tools for the powers that be to advance their own interests. Mark Mazower’s ...
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Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present

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Overview

A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the world’s governing institutions



The story of global cooperation is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanity’s worst problems. But international institutions are also tools for the powers that be to advance their own interests. Mark Mazower’s Governing the World tells the epic, two-hundred-year story of that inevitable tension—the unstable and often surprising alchemy between ideas and power. From the rubble of the Napoleonic empire in the nineteenth century through the birth of the League of Nations and the United Nations in the twentieth century to the dominance of global finance at the turn of the millennium, Mazower masterfully explores the current era of international life as Western dominance wanes and a new global balance of powers emerges.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Director of the Center for International History at Columbia University, award-winning author Mazower seems good and ready to discuss world government from the post-Napoleonic era forward. Go for it, history fans.
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Mazower (History/Columbia Univ. Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe, 2008, etc.) explores the evolution of internationalism. The idea is essentially a Western creation, originating from the "Concert of Europe" in 1815 by the great powers in the wake of Napoleon's defeat, and marking an important effort to keep sovereigns in check and create a more just "brotherhood" of nations. While the "Big Four" nations (Austria, Russia, Britain and Prussia) were more interested in policing revolutionary insurrections and restoring the principles of monarchy, they still recognized that there was too much at stake not to work together at "fundamental rules of the game." Avoiding lawlessness and anarchy was the impulse, and many leaders sought to embrace the promotion of a law of nations and universal peace. Mazower considers some fascinating mid-19th-century currents flowing from the international groundswell--e.g., in futuristic literature (foreshadowing H.G. Wells), the peace movement, free trade, Giuseppe Mazzini's influential notion of nationalism, communism, the founding of the Red Cross, the arbitration movement and the hope that science could develop universal humanitarian standards. After tracing the early strands of internationalism, Mazower moves into the modern's era complex convergence of political and economic factors in forging what Mikhail Gorbachev called a "new world order." The peacetime League of Nations, despite its failures, would "marry the democratic idea of a society of nations with the reality of Great Power hegemony." Finally, Mazower brings us to the present, as a European union has been achieved, but has been driven by a "bureaucratic elite" with little sense of "principles of social solidarity and human dignity," except perhaps by noted philanthropists. A well-articulated, meticulously supported study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101595893
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 321,615
  • File size: 787 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of Hitler’s Empire and The Balkans: A Short History, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History, among other books. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

I The Era of Internationalism

Prologue: The Concert of Europe, 1815-1914 3

Chapter 1 Under the Sign of the International 13

Chapter 2 Brotherhood 31

Chapter 3 The Empire of Law 65

Chapter 4 Science the Unifier 94

Chapter 5 The League of Nations 116

Chapter 6 The Battle of Ideologies 154

II Governing the World the American Way

Chapter 7 "The League Is Dead. Long Live the United Nations." 191

Chapter 8 Cold War Realities, 1945-49 214

Chapter 9 The Second World, and the Third 244

Chapter 10 Development as World-Making, 1949-73 273

Chapter 11 The United States in Opposition 305

Chapter 12 The Real New International Economic Order 343

Chapter 13 Humanity's Law 378

Chapter 14 What Remains: The Crisis in Europe and After 406

Notes 429

Index 457

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