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FDR and the creation of the U.N.

Author: Townsend Hoopes; Douglas Brinkley
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1997.
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In recent years the United Nations has become more active in - and more generally respected for - its peacekeeping efforts than at any other period in its fifty-year history. During the same period, the United States has been engaged in a debate about the place of the U.N. in the conduct of its foreign policy. This book, the first account of the American role in creating the United Nations, tells an engrossing story
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hoopes, Townsend, 1922-
FDR and the creation of the U.N.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1997
(DLC) 96035272
(OCoLC)35548803
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Townsend Hoopes; Douglas Brinkley
ISBN: 0585360774 9780585360775
OCLC Number: 47010416
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 287 p.) : ill.
Contents: The ghost of Woodrow Wilson --
A grim road to war --
Argentia and the Atlantic charter --
Postwar planning begins --
The widening public debate --
Progress in 1943 --
Will the Russians participate? --
Quebec and Moscow --
Cairo and Teheran --
High hopes but inherent limits --
Domestic politics in 1944 --
The Dumbarton Oaks Conference I --
The Dumbarton Oaks Conference II --
The 1944 election --
An unsettling winter --
Contention and compromise at San Francisco --
Epilogue --
Appendix : Charter of the United Nations.
Responsibility: Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley.

Abstract:

In recent years the United Nations has become more active in - and more generally respected for - its peacekeeping efforts than at any other period in its fifty-year history. During the same period, the United States has been engaged in a debate about the place of the U.N. in the conduct of its foreign policy. This book, the first account of the American role in creating the United Nations, tells an engrossing story and also provides a useful historical perspective on the controversy.

Historians Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley explain how the idea of the United Nations was conceived, debated, and revised, first within the U.S. government and then by negotiation with its major allies in World War II. The experience of the war generated increasing support for the new organization throughout American society, and the U.N. Charter was finally endorsed by the community of nations in 1945. The story largely belongs to President Franklin Roosevelt, who was determined to form an organization that would break the vicious cycle of ever more destructive wars (in contrast to the failed League of Nations), and who therefore assigned collective responsibility for keeping the peace to the five leading U.N. powers - the major wartime Allies. Hoopes and Brinkley focus on Roosevelt but also present vivid portraits of others who played significant roles in bringing the U.N. into being: these include Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles, Dean Acheson, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie, Thomas Dewey, Arthur Vandenberg, William Fulbright, Edward Stettinius, and Walter Lippmann. In an epilogue, the authors discuss the checkered history of the United Nations and consider its future prospects.

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