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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Governing the World by Mark Mazower – review

Enthusiasts for world harmony turned out to be no less fractious than the xenophobic nationalists they aspired to tame, and their own petty disputes over language — and in particular an enhanced form of Esperanto termed Ido meaning “offspring” in the parent language — soon led to an Ido-Esperanto schism.

Preview — Governing the World by Mark Mazower.

He is the author of IBSA: 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 the performance of the new Geneva institutions. Furthermore, while most people can agree that rising standards of living should be the target of development policies, many development experts would agree that there is no one formula for achieving higher levels of income and other development indicators.

While capturing an integral element of international legal discourse of this time, other aspects of the evolution of international law could have been mentioned too. It shows how complicated relations are and how the institutions of global government are made in the hegemonic powers’ interest, but often strongly influenced by people who are trying to make the world a better place.

Full review on constant geography dot com. In one of the last chapters of the first part of the book Mazower introduces international law and science as a 19th century semantics of internationalism. But as civil servants and technical experts began planning for the serious humanitarian and refugee crisis that would undoubtedly greet the victors after Nazism’s defeat, some British diplomats mocked the American “new Dealers It followed that treaties were only to be observed insofar as it suited the signatories to observe them: 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.

The extraordinary Protestant theologian George Davis Herron, who shared Wilson’s overheated blending of Protestant eschatology and Mazzinian nationalism, hailed the war as “between a white and a black governing principle, each striving for possession of the world. To a certain extent it surely is and Mazower never pretends to write a legal history of the United Nations. However, for other prophets of global order, Metternich and his friends were themselves the main threat to peace.

Wilson, he wrote admiringly, sees “the law of love Given how vast the material Mazower covers, it seems almost inevitable that some will find the book a bit too unwieldy. Show 25 25 50 All.


Book review: “Governing the World: The history of an idea” by Mark Mazower

Marxist ideology allowed considerable latitude for maneuver. View all 4 comments. However, the formation of international institutions stands in tension with the norm of national self-determination that has governed international affairs since the Treaty of Westphalia, and that was strengthened by the dismantling of European empires in the wake of the two World Wars.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Dec 20, Geoffrey Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: The International Telegraphic Union was founded in to facilitate speedy cross-border communications, and the Universal Postal Union followed in The author of this late 19th-century hymn to internationalism, couched in a language so tantalisingly familiar and yet so frustratingly hard to pin down, was the Russian-Jewish linguist Ludwig Zamenhof, the begetter of Esperanto meaning “Hopeful”.

Author shows his ideological preferences subtly as the book reaches closer to the conclusion and discusses the modern era of ‘globalization’ but the review of the entire idea of an ‘inter – national’ identity or concept through the s to s is quite interesting. But how could sovereign nations be made to share power and learn to look beyond their own narrow interests?

On he other hand, worlc overriding goal was to preserve good relations with the British and the Americans as long as possible after the war to give goerning USSR the time it would obviously need to recover from Nazi occupation: The root of this idea for Mazower is the liberal internationalism wotld people like Mill and Mazzini, who wanted liberal, democratic nations that could interact on the basis of equality and mutual respect. Governing the W Global financial integration, poverty, failed states, climate change, and a host of mazzower issues that transcend national borders call out for new forms of transnational cooperation and regulation.

Transformed out of all recognition by the overwhelming power of global finance, the very possibility of governing the world is questioned as never before. Mazower is here Not governing the world? Stalin’s anti-colonialism was predictable, as was his desire to make sure the Red Army had a free hand in eastern Europe. Intellectual property and labor require compensation. As never has the world been better governed than today, to almost ‘end of history’ perfection no room left for other ambitions, other forces than the ones making up the clockwork mechanisms of accumulation.

Nazi lawyers worked hard to maazower this view not only because it allowed them leverage over the political organizations representing the ethnic Germans across eastern Europe, but also because they hoped to use it to pressure neighboring governments to cede rights over these minorities and thus allow the Reich to start interfering in their domestic affairs.

It’s a worthwhile trip through time! Twentieth-century total wars were fought by states that mobilized entire societies around shared perils and experiences.

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Furthermore, the Senate’s unwillingness to ratify even the most mundane of international technical 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. Reviewed for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. I will definitely come back to it for the teaching of int’l politics and possibly for research as well.

This tge a book gkverning is sweeping in its scope, and that manages to convey the origins of the idea of nations coming together to deal with issues internationally, since the time of the post Napoleonic war era. 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.

Each state must on this reading develop its own conception of law. If politics was a struggle between races, each unified in its own state, then there could in reality be nothing they shared, or should. A deeply insatisfactory reading, I must confess. They may not be trusted by their electorates — polls show levels of trust plumbing new lows — but they have no reason to care so long as this lack of trust does not translate into mobilization, resistance, and sustained pressure for reform.

Instead of independent states changing sides, doing deals and betraying one another, a new, collegial ‘Concert of Europe’ would ensure that the brutal chaos of the Napoleonic While it’s easy to snigger at the grandiose delusions of Esperantists and other similarly dreamy minorities, such as advocates for a single world government, Earth doesn’t seem entirely safe in the hands of the rest of us, with our passive but pragmatic acceptance of conventional politics-as-usual.

The Concert of Europe was the response of various European powers bourgeoisie to the French word Napoleon tried to spread in Europe, freedom, and the idea of national ths. Against this, there emerged many of the ideas that would shape the international institutions of the twentieth century—liberal nationalism, communism, the expertise of the scientist and the professional international lawyers.

In short, United States has only ever been in favor of United Nations when the aims of that body coincided with strategic interests of United States, thus providing internationalist cover for the pursuit of self-interest.

Po-Yang Kang rated it liked it Jun 18, He lives in New York. In the war years on Ventotene, finance capital was seen as a force to be controlled and checked, and the speculators themselves were seen as at least partially responsible for the slump of the s.