The United Nations in International History argues for a new way of examining the history of this central global institution by integrating more traditional diplomacy between states with new trends in transnational and cultural history to explore the organization and its role in 20th- and 21st-century history. Amy Sayward looks at the origins of the U.N. before examining a range of organizations and players in the United Nations system and analysing its international work in the key arenas of diplomacy, social & economic development programs, peace-keeping, and human rights. This volume provides a concise introduction to the broad array of international work done by the United Nations, synthesizes the existing interdisciplinary literature, and highlights areas in need of further research, making it ideal for students and beginning researchers.
About the Author
Amy L. Sayward is Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Series Editor's Preface
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: An Invitation
2. The National and International Origins of the United Nations
3. The Cold War Borderland
4. Preventing War and Promoting Peace through Social and Economic Programs
5. The Development Enterprise
6. Making and Keeping the Peace: U.N. Peace-Keeping and Refugee Assistance Operations
7. The Middle East and the United Nations
8. Defining Human Rights, International Justice, and Genocide
9. Conclusion: Join the Conversation!