Mark Mazower provides us with a very readable and highly stimulating intellectual history of Western internationalism starting with the Vienna. A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the world’s governing institutions The story of global. Governing the World has ratings and 26 reviews. Helen said: This is a wonderfully written book by historian Mark Mazower about the idea of an interna.. .

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mark Mazower provides us with a very readable and highly stimulating intellectual history of Western internationalism starting with the Vienna Congress in and ending in with the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Governing the World by Mark Mazower – review

According to Mazower the disappointment of the legalist American internationalists even became an important reason for the American withdrawal from the League project. Indispensable also for its full and subtle account of American policies sincealways with a fine touch for the hitherto neglected person or little noticed moment that illuminates historic processes.

As planning moved from London to Washington, a generation accustomed to thinking on classic Oxbridge common-room style about the eternal wisdom of ancient Athens was superseded by a new cohort of policymakers more comfortable with discussions of comparative legal systems, farm economics, or business cycles. After SE European nationalities struggled to to achieve independence from the Ottoman Empire in the Balkan Wars, WWI broke out, which represented in some ways the end of the idea of Europe, at least as it had existed up until then – more or less lost to the gruesome extremes of warfare in an age of advancing technology.

It may also be less law-abiding. Brings in a history of philosophical thought through Kant and Bentham about the idea.

Governing the World: The History of an Idea – Mark Mazower – Google Books

Thus, Mazzini envisioned a symbiosis between national reform and tue international gov’t that would facilitate domestic change rather than block it. But international institutions are also tools for the powers that be to advance their own interests. Would be a good read for those unfamiliar with UN lore, and supplemental reading for a senior or first-year graduate course.


Given how vast the material Mazower covers, it seems almost inevitable that some will find the book a bit too unwieldy.

Europe’s Twentieth Century,” “The Balkans: The only disappointment mazowfr not learning much about Mazower’s speculations about what be ahead in the 21st Century as China and India become global powers.

The English Liberal Richard Cobden thr an alternative approach to peace in free trade. Perhaps he was reassured in turn by Roosevelt telling him that American troops were not expected to play a police role in postwar Europe and that the decisions of the proposed new UN Executive Council would not be binding.

In these circumstances, there was every reason to support the UN idea and few evident drawbacks. Please try again later. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. A challenging but rewarding book about the evolution of the idea of global governance.

Mar 26, Matthew Trevithick rated it really liked it. Furthermore, the Senate’s unwillingness to ratify even the most mundane of international mazowdr agreements like the Law of the Sea or the recent agreement regarding rights for people with disabilities on the grounds that they threaten United States sovereignty illustrates that the US is not at all ready to give up its “above the law” status in order to solve global problems.

A major, though implicit, thread throughout Mazower’s book is how liberal thinkers constantly agonized about whether to support utiopian visions, or whether they should be pragmatic and work together with realists. Long Live the United Nations Another of the key differences between the wartime discussions in and was the shift in register. You might also like Book review: Wilson warned that “the voices of humanity that insist that the war shall not end in vindictive teh of any kind” had been exploited by “the masters of German intrigue to lead the people of Russia astray.

This is our points out however this beginning of relevance to place only because United Nations Kofi Annan were once again willing to serve the perceived interests of Washington.

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Governing the World

This term, which was to become so associated with Wilson, had in fact been highlighted far more emphatically by Lenin, heir to a long tradition of rich Marxist debate on nationality that went back to the Hapsburg debate of the early twentieth century and before. United States has never for one second been willing to subordinate its own national interests much less its sovereignty to any kind of international governing body that it did not thoroughly dominate.


The concept of global governance remains a powerful one, but the problems inherent in attempting to institutionalize international cooperation remain as visible as ever as the United Nations is seen by many as a mockery of the ideals outlined in its charter of human rights, and the European Union struggles as productive nations like Germany want to keep the Eurozone solvent for their own economic benefit, but are compelled to lean on financially inept nations to reform themselves so that their financial aid is not wasted.

Governing the World examines how mostly European and North American intellectuals and politicians have sought to resolve the tension between the need to pool resources and expertise in order to govern an increasingly globalized world, and the desire of countries to choose their own path to prosperity and define modernity in their own way over the last two centuries. The Concert of Europe eventually broke down over the issue of nationality in SE Europe the Bosnian wish to break free of Austria-Hungary and the League of Nations failed about 20 years after it was founded, once WW2 broke out.

In a memorable TED talk on global ethic vs. 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 historical analysis focuses not only on the philosophical and political currents at the heart of 19th and 20th century internationalism but also on how Anglo-Saxon politicians and high ranking civil servants viewed and shaped international institutions during these two centuries; all of this is full of interesting biographical findings, illustrative contemporary quotations, and insightful historical judgement.

He is currently writing a book on Brazil’s role in Latin American politics. Richard Cobden, one of the world’s first free-trade activists and a man who lived at a time when it seemed no longer clear that countries should be ruled by a small group of aristocrats, plays a particularly important role in this chapter.

Profound, relevant, and morally instructive—and a pleasure to read. Sep 27, Mills College Library added it.