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No enchanted palace : the end of empire and the ideological origins of the united nations

Author: Mark Mazower
Publisher: Princeton, NJ ; Oxford : Princeton Univ Press, 2013. ©2009
Series: Lawrence Stone lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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No Enchanted Palace traces the origins and early development of the United Nations, one of the most influential yet perhaps least understood organizations active in the world today. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to set aside the popular myth that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of World War II as the guardian of a new and peaceful global order, offering instead a strikingly original  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Mazower
ISBN: 0691157952 9780691157955
OCLC Number: 820123516
Notes: Fifth printing, and first paperback printing, 2013.
Description: 236 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Jan Smuts and imperial internationalism --
Alfred Zimmern and the empire of freedom --
Nations, refugees, and territory: the Jews and the lessons of the Nazi New Order --
Jawaharlal Nehru and the emergence of the global United Nations --
Afterword.
Series Title: Lawrence Stone lectures.
Responsibility: Mark Mazower.

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No Enchanted Palace traces the origins and early development of the United Nations, one of the most influential yet perhaps least understood organizations active in the world today. Acclaimed historian Mark Mazower forces us to set aside the popular myth that the UN miraculously rose from the ashes of World War II as the guardian of a new and peaceful global order, offering instead a strikingly original interpretation of the UN's ideological roots, early history, and changing role in world affairs. Mazower brings the founding of the UN brilliantly to life. He shows how the UN's creators envisioned a world organization that would protect the interests of empire, yet how this imperial vision was decisively reshaped by the postwar reaffirmation of national sovereignty and the unanticipated rise of India and other former colonial powers. This is a story told through the clash of personalities, such as South African statesman Jan Smuts, who saw in the UN a means to protect the old imperial and racial order; Raphael Lemkin and Joseph Schechtman, Jewish intellectuals at odds over how the UN should combat genocide and other atrocities; and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, who helped transform the UN from an instrument of empire into a forum for ending it. A much-needed historical reappraisal of the early development of this vital world institution, No Enchanted Palace reveals how the UN outgrew its origins and has exhibited an extraordinary flexibility that has enabled it to endure to the present day.--Publishers description

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