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No Enchanted Palace The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations

ISBN-10: 0691157952
ISBN-13: 9780691157955
Edition: 2010
Authors: Mark Mazower
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Description: No Enchanted Palacetraces the origins and early development of the United Nations, one of the most influential yet perhaps least understood organizations active in the world today. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to set aside the popular  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

No Enchanted Palacetraces the origins and early development of the United Nations, one of the most influential yet perhaps least understood organizations active in the world today. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to set aside the popular myth that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of World War II as the guardian of a new and peaceful global order, offering instead a strikingly original interpretation of the UN's ideological roots, early history, and changing role in world affairs.Mazower brings the founding of the UN brilliantly to life. He shows how the UN's creators envisioned a world organization that would protect the interests of empire, yet how this imperial vision was decisively reshaped by the postwar reaffirmation of national sovereignty and the unanticipated rise of India and other former colonial powers. This is a story told through the clash of personalities, such as South African statesman Jan Smuts, who saw in the UN a means to protect the old imperial and racial order; Raphael Lemkin and Joseph Schechtman, Jewish intellectuals at odds over how the UN should combat genocide and other atrocities; and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, who helped transform the UN from an instrument of empire into a forum for ending it.A much-needed historical reappraisal of the early development of this vital world institution,No Enchanted Palacereveals how the UN outgrew its origins and has exhibited an extraordinary flexibility that has enabled it to endure to the present day.

Mark Mazower is a professor of history at Princeton University and has recently been appointed professor of history at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of several books, most recently Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Jan Smuts and Imperial Internationalism
Alfred Zimmern and the Empire of Freedom
Nations, Refugees, and Territory
The Jews and the Lessons of the Nazi New Order
Jawaharlal Nehru and the Emergence of the Global United Nations
Afterword
Notes
Index

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