Governing the World: The History of an Idea

Mark Mazower


Governing the World: The History of an Idea

Governing the World: The History of an Idea

  • Title: Governing the World: The History of an Idea
  • Author: Mark Mazower
  • ISBN: 9780141011936
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback



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 Napoleonic Wars showed Europe what sort of damage warring states could do But how could sovereign nations be made to share power and learn to look beyond their own narrow interests The old monarchs had one idea MazzinA 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 Napoleonic Wars showed Europe what sort of damage warring states could do But how could sovereign nations be made to share power and learn to look beyond their own narrow interests The old monarchs had one idea Mazzini and the partisans of nationalist democracy had another, and so did Marx and the radical Left It is an argument that has raged for two hundred years now, and Mark Mazower tells its history enthrallingly in Governing the World With each era, the stakes have grown higher as the world has grown smaller and the potential rewards to cooperation and damage from conflict have increased.As Mark Mazower shows us, each age s dominant power has set the tune, and for nearly a century that tune has been sung in English He begins with Napoleon s defeat, in 1815, when England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia formed the Concert of Europe 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 Mazower traces these ideas into the Great War through to the League of Nations He explains how the League collapsed when confronted by the atrocities of the Third Reich, and how a hard nosed approach to international governance emerged in its wake.The United Nations appeared in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and a war fighting alliance led by Great Britain and the United States was ultimately what transformed into an international peacetime organization Mazower examines the ideas that shaped the UN, the compromises and constraints imposed by the Cold War and its transformation in the high noon of decolonization The 1970s ushered in a sea change in attitudes to international government through the emergence of a vision of globalized capitalism in the 1970s that marginalized the UN itself and utilized bodies like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization the final acts of Anglo American institution building.But the sun is setting on Anglo American dominance of the world s great international institutions We are at the end of an era, Mazower explains, and we are passing into a new age of global power relations, a shift whose outcome is still very much in question.


Recent Comments "Governing the World: The History of an Idea"

This is a wonderfully written book by historian Mark Mazower about the idea of an international organization orchestrating international relations - since the time of the Concert of Europe in post Napoleonic wars Europe, until 2012, when the book was written. Mr. 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 war, such as international philanthropy, the growth of NGOs, and the implementat [...]

Global financial integration, poverty, failed states, climate change, and a host of other issues that transcend national borders call out for new forms of transnational cooperation and regulation. 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. Governing the W [...]

Not governing the world?[Through my ratings, reviews and edits I'm providing intellectual property and labor to Inc listed on Nasdaq, which fully owns and in 2014 posted revenues for $90 billion and a $271 million loss. Intellectual property and labor require compensation. Inc. is also requested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors' work conditions meet the highest health and safety standards at all the company's sites].Mazower is here more of the 'Anna Karenina' type of hi [...]

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. This book is incredibly ambitious in the range of ideas that it attempts to synthesize, yielding a somewhat dizzying quality: It's not always clear what criteria Mazower used in deciding which characters, episodes, and institutions to write about in this book. While the book is built on a carefully theoriz [...]

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. 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 [...]

El libro empieza algo flojo, con reflexiones filosóficas demasiado alejadas en el tiempo como para considerarlas parte del tema principal del libro. Sobran los antecedentes.No obstante, a partir del diseño y creación de la Sociedad de Naciones, el libro entra en el tema y se vuelve muy interesante. Trata de manera muy adecuada las cuestiones a las que se ha enfrentado el sistema de gobernanza internacional en las últimas décadas. Hace un análisis crítico de todas estas cuestiones y tiene [...]

Excellently written, wide in scope and accessible. Top stuff!

Brilliant book

After =Dark Continent= and =Salonica, City of Ghosts=, this book has pretty high standards to live up to. Let's see.Yes, it lived up to expectations, and Mazower's earlier achievements.

Internationalism good intentioned attempts to govern the World, organisational and national ego's why we are here today.

This book is a bit of a whirlwind of people, ideas and institutions tracking their evolution. 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. The financial oversight and control of the world economy is terrifying. Nobody really knows what to do and we keep barreling forward. My fingers are crossed!

Reading this book made me realise how difficult it is to write the history of 'global governance'. Though I did learn a few things, notably on 19h century theories of international peacemaking and the US role in shaping the UN in the 1940s to 1960s, overall the book left me with an impression of shallowness, fluffiness, lack of analytical rigour. An ackward attempt at putting very different threads together. Excessive US centricity. A deeply insatisfactory reading, I must confess.

This book is essentially a review of the history leading up to the creation of the United Nations, and a cursory review of UN actions up to the mid-1990s. Would be a good read for those unfamiliar with UN lore, and supplemental reading for a senior or first-year graduate course. Full review on constant geography dot com. Cheers!

Clearly written about the changing ideas about global governance over time. Brings in a history of philosophical thought through Kant and Bentham about the idea. Introduces the popular audience to these bought a and the concept of the world beyond the west.

Stuffed full of information. 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 1800s to 1950s is quite interesting.

Wall Street Journal gave this a good review.

341.2 M4766 2012

everything is awful

Pessimistic realism at its best.

This book made me really sad :(


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