No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (The Lawrence Stone Lectures)

No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (The Lawrence Stone Lectures)

Mark Mazower


No Enchanted Palace lines the origins and early improvement of the United countries, some of the most influential but maybe least understood corporations energetic on this planet this present day. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to put aside the preferred fable that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of worldwide struggle II because the mother or father of a brand new and peaceable worldwide order, supplying as an alternative a strikingly unique interpretation of the UN's ideological roots, early heritage, and altering function in global affairs.

Mazower brings the founding of the UN brilliantly to existence. He indicates how the UN's creators anticipated an international association that will defend the pursuits of empire, but how this imperial imaginative and prescient used to be decisively reshaped by means of the postwar reaffirmation of nationwide sovereignty and the unanticipated upward push of India and different former colonial powers. this can be a tale informed in the course of the conflict of personalities, akin to South African statesman Jan Smuts, who observed within the UN a method to guard the previous imperial and racial order; Raphael Lemkin and Joseph Schechtman, Jewish intellectuals at odds over how the UN may still strive against genocide and different atrocities; and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first major minister, who helped remodel the UN from an device of empire right into a discussion board for finishing it.

A much-needed historic reappraisal of the early improvement of this important international establishment, No Enchanted Palace unearths how the UN outgrew its origins and has exhibited a rare flexibility that has enabled it to undergo to the current day.

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