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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His main focus in the chapter on international law is on the founders of the Institut de Droit International and on the rise of wor,d international humanitarian law from the Geneva Convention to the Hague peace conferences.

Governing the World: The Rise and Fall of an Idea, 1815 to the Present

Marxism too was a product of this milieu. While the book is built on a carefully theoriz A magisterial intellectual history of how people since the 19 century have imagined possible restraints on the power of great states, on the one hand, and the failures weak ones, on the other.

Ten Predictions under EnglishFeatured. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. First, the League was a failure when it came to high politics and reasonably successful in technical and humanitarian co-operation, which is a familiar characterization of governint performance of the new Geneva institutions.

But that became harder when in late the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, stepped up their antiwar propaganda, and called for a “democratic peace.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Modern history in the industrial age appears to be the story of a fragmented humanity obsessed, alas, with its own parochial comforts and local interests, with little sense of the common needs of humanity as a whole.

Governing the World: The Rise and Fall of an Idea, to the Present by Mark Mazower

British and American statesmen threw their weight behind mazlwer single world security organisation. It was Zamenhof’s hope that his universal language might open up an escape route from destructive nationalist conflicts, mapping instead a possible path to world peace. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.


The only disappointment is not learning muc I read this book with pencil in hand and found I couldn’t stop underlining important insights and new understandings. It would be appropriate for advanced undergrads or grad students, and anyone interested and already fairly informed on global governance will probably find it useful.

Throughout this history, we see that international institutions are only as strong as the great powers of the moment allow them to be.

Its approach to the nation-state and its institutions was almost entirely positive. Within this broader narrative Mazower traces multiple strands of internationalist thought that were brought into the intellectual discourses from diverse sources, including the Christian missionaries who experienced a cultural renaissance in the conservative first half of the nine Mazower traces the idea and practice of international governance and cooperation from the Concert of Europe established after the fall of Napoleon to the modern experiments of the United Nations and the European Union.

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. Disturbances in one country could all too easily lead to universal conflagration, as Europe as a whole had learnt to its cost in the 20 years of warfare that had followed the French revolution.

In its various nineteenth-century incarnations, after all, internationalism was preeminently a movement to restore sovereign power to the peoples of the world, and those who governed in their name. While Mazower clearly has sympathies for the drams embodied by this movement, he also is clear about the internal divisions they faced in attempting to challenge US hegemony.

Mark Mazower’s remarkable new book recreates two centuries of international government – the struggle to spread values and build institutions to bring order to an anarchic and dangerous state system. Academics and policy makers have, over the past decades, become so used to dysfunctional mechanisms of global governance that few would disagree that urgent reform is needed. At times I despair that the only order of things that might actually save the planet from environmental degradation is a global eco-dictatorship, in itself almost as worrying a prospect as the failure of the biosphere.


Reviewed for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. The implication, as far as I can see, is the world will move into a new era of globalism, with a new superstructure replacing the UN, as technology, biotechnology, ecology, migration, trade and space become unignorable world issues.

Una obra de referencia muy completa.

There are discussions of reform and grandiose declarations of global targets, which mostly go unmet. 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. Oct 08, Christel Devlin marked it as to-read.

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.

Infor example, the French writer Bodin describes his vision of a central global government worlld the city of Centropolis, located in Central America, and a “Universal Congress made up of the world’s leading intellectuals, industrials and politicians. 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.

For Permissions, please email: Mazower concludes that the idea has essentially floundered although some good has come out of attempts of nations to work together collectively to head off thhe, such as international philanthropy, the growth of NGOs, and the implementation of the principle that the UN has the right to protect minorities if they are goverhing persecuted i. 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.

Feb 15, Gavin Goferning rated it really liked it.