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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A world in which violations of human rights trump the sancticity of borders may turn out to produce more wars, more massacres, and more instability.

Jan 02, Julian Haigh rated it really liked it.

By creating models of equity, solidarity, and sacrifice, they transformed public attitudes in ways that endured into peacetime. Time will show whether they are any longer capable of governing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These regimes of exception are reflected in dichotomies between ‘civilized’ and ‘uncivilized’ peoples, ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries, and functioning versus ‘failed’ states – categories that define who sets the rules, and who those rules apply to.

It’s not always clear what criteria Mazower used in deciding which characters, episodes, and institutions to write about in this book. His decision to write about the financial crisis in the conclusion seems less sophisticated than his historic analysis, and somewhat forced.

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The History of an Idea. Of particular interest is his periodization of postwar international governance efforts.

Looking to the future, Mazower strikes an understandable note of pessimism for the future of international cooperation because while American politicians govenring intellectuals continue to promote self-serving ideological preferences as universal truths, the institutions they have traditionally used to promote those norms abroad are declining in influence.


In the exhausted victors of the fighting that had engulfed Europe for a generation agreed to a new system for keeping the peace.

Governing the World: The Rise and Fall of an Idea, 1815 to the Present

The fictional utopias of writers like Jules Verne and H. How did we get to this depressing pass? Nevertheless, as Mazower shows, impractical high-mindedness was counterbalanced by effective international cooperation during the third quarter of the 19th century on a range of issues: It yhe be appropriate for advanced undergrads or grad students, and anyone interested and already fairly informed on global governance will probably find it useful.

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A deeply insatisfactory reading, I must confess. The result would be not communism but the realization mazkwer a simpler, more manageable, and perhaps nobler dream: The notion of the nation-state as an abstract formalized subject of international law itself for instance is also a highly ambivalent and new construction of 19th century international legal discourse, which ultimately led to a cementation and often violent universalization goverming European nationalism.

Here are some interesting quotes from the book: To a certain extent it surely is and Mazower never pretends to write a legal history of the United Nations. However, in order to carry out its mission effectively, the new organisation required some kind of inter-governmental imprimatur, which it obtained from several small states, which met at the first Geneva Convention in The League of Nations became in many respects an attempt to prop up the waning British Empire, especially with the failure of the United States to join the organization.

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Jo luvulla muutama Eurooppalainen ajattelija visioi maailmanhallitusta, joka unohtaisi kuningaskuntien rajat ja toisi ihmiskunnan yhteen altruistiselta pohjalta. There were good tactical domestic governin for this, but there was also philosophical inclination: David rated it it was amazing Dec 21, His main focus in the chapter on international law is on the founders of the Institut de Droit International and on the rise of modern international humanitarian law from the Geneva Convention to the Hague peace conferences.


Open Preview See a Problem? Mazower expresses his view of the League in two main arguments. In the s however undercover United Nations really gained relevance as a purveyor of “protection” in gocerning case of so-called failed states.

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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.

Perhaps, as Dani Rodrik has argued and as Mazower implies at the end of the book, the resuscitation of democratic nation-states that can challenge the centralized power of global finance may be the only way to change the global agenda in a progressive direction. Jul 23, Nils rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Bush administration in particular threatened to veto UN peacekeeping operations unless the Security Council gave any Americans involved immunity from prosecution, and it went further — to the fury of many of its own partners — by concluding numerous bilateral agreements with other countries not to surrender each other’s nationals to the court.

Referring to a British journalist, W. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Intellectual property and labor require compensation.

Indeed, much of our contemporary debate seems to revolve around how to fix international institutions – very much symbolized by the UN Security Council’s stalemate over Syria.