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

The Experience of Occupation, ,” ” Dark Continent: Wilson, he wrote admiringly, sees “the law of love Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Where the Bolsheviks led, the Americans and British followed.

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. To a certain extent it surely is and Mazower never pretends to write a legal history of the United Nations.

Governing the World by Mark Mazower – review

Given how vast the material Mazower covers, it seems almost inevitable that some will find the book a bit too unwieldy. Those who have read Mazower’s earlier No Enchanted Palace will recognize several worpd his arguments.

According to this convincing reading of the foundational period the old League after a first class burial is reborn with a govrning collective security system, which is freezing the status quo.

All too often, what the West means by democracy promotion in the developing world is “you get to choose who will implement our agenda” this applies to Democrats as much as Republicans in the US. Oct 08, Dermot Nolan rated it it was amazing. Jochen von Bernstorff; Mark Mazower. Govrening this history, we see that international institutions are only as strong as the great powers of the moment allow them to be.


Drawing on the work of German legal theorist Carl Schmitt, Mazower argues that the ability to define and propagate international norms constitutes a vital source of national power. Account Options Sign 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.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Mazower shows how the campaign eventually resonated with Wogld international legal scholars, practitioners, and billionaires Carnegiesome of whom later Taft and Root became high ranking civil servants and politicians negotiating the League Covenant and the statute of the PCIJ on behalf of the US. The History of an Idea. Wkrld the centrifugal force of nationalism once again on the ascendant, compared gogerning the consolidating force of internationalism?

The old monarchs had one idea. Jan 02, Julian Haigh rated it really liked it. Furthermore, the Senate’s unwillingness to ratify even the most mundane of international technical agreements like the Law of the Sea or the recent hhe regarding rights for people with disabilities on the grounds that they threaten United States sovereignty illustrates that the US is mazlwer at all ready to give up its “above the law” status in order to solve global problems.

Long Live the United Nations Another of the key differences between the wartime discussions in and was the shift in register.

All of these topics are covered and explained in the book – which I suggest to the reader to stick with it, since it is a page plus book – given the sweep of history and ideas recounted. The rise of neoliberalism stripped away much of that cushion, buffeting domestic populations with global competition and economic vulnerability to things like population movements and financial shocks, turning populations against global institutions and globalism more broadly.


Mazkwer the same way, the author’s discussion of Italy’s Mazzini is excellent, symbolizing the two faces of liberal nationalism: Nobody really knows what to do and we keep barreling forward.

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

Without a comparable transformation in our own views about the nature giverning government, the public good and the role of the state, without our developing a new kind of faith in our own collective capacity to shape the future, there is no real incentive for our politicians to change. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mazower is here Not governing the world?

Alexander Hurst rated it liked it Aug 07, Wells k merged with the claims of Esperanto dreams of universal information science and legal codes for a tribunal for mankind.

When it seemed as if challengers to the bipolar Cold War order actually had a chance to realize their demands for global wealth and power redistribution.

Mazower’s application of this argument to the postwar international govsrning and economic orders organized by the United States and its Western European junior partners particularly in the wake of the rise of neo-liberalism in the s and 80s has drawn criticism from some authors, who accuse him of impugning the good intentions of people like Samantha Powers see, for example, Brendan Simms’s review in The Independent UK.