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No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations

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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.

Review:

"Mark Mazower presents us with a radically different and hugely thought-provoking story of the UN's creation and early development. Dissatisfied with what he sees as the idealism of much of the historical analysis of its foundation,Mazower argues that the lofty pronouncements and moralizing rhetoric of the UN Charter served to mask the reality that the body was from the outset designed to protect imperial interests." — Simon Rushton, Times Higher Education Supplement

Synopsis:

"This is a sprawling tale told with great energy, verve, and insight. Mazower offers an original and disturbing picture of the ideological foundations of the great sacred cow of postwar international institutions. No Enchanted Palace will be a much discussed volume in what is likely to be a continuing debate over the future of the United Nations."--Sunil Khilnani, author of The Idea of India

"This is a superb, highly readable account of the ideas and some of the events that informed the creation and early history of the United Nations. No Enchanted Palace is an engaging and penetrating work, and a timely reminder of the need to think historically about the UN and its place in world affairs."--Peter Wilson, London School of Economics and Political Science

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Mark Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of History and World Order Studies at Columbia University. His many books include "Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe" (Penguin); "Salonica", "City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews, 1430-1950" (HarperCollins); and "Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century" (Knopf).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Jan Smuts and Imperial Internationalism 28

Chapter 2: Alfred Zimmern and the Empire of Freedom 66

Chapter 3: Nations, Refugees, and Territory

The Jews and the Lessons of the Nazi New Order 104

Chapter 4: Jawaharlal Nehru and the Emergence of the Global United Nations 149

Afterword 190

Notes 205

Index 225

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691135212
Author:
Mazower, Mark
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
World politics -- 1900-1945.
Subject:
United Nations - History
Subject:
International
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 16 oz

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History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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"Review" by , "Mark Mazower presents us with a radically different and hugely thought-provoking story of the UN's creation and early development. Dissatisfied with what he sees as the idealism of much of the historical analysis of its foundation,Mazower argues that the lofty pronouncements and moralizing rhetoric of the UN Charter served to mask the reality that the body was from the outset designed to protect imperial interests." —
"Synopsis" by , "This is a sprawling tale told with great energy, verve, and insight. Mazower offers an original and disturbing picture of the ideological foundations of the great sacred cow of postwar international institutions. No Enchanted Palace will be a much discussed volume in what is likely to be a continuing debate over the future of the United Nations."--Sunil Khilnani, author of The Idea of India

"This is a superb, highly readable account of the ideas and some of the events that informed the creation and early history of the United Nations. No Enchanted Palace is an engaging and penetrating work, and a timely reminder of the need to think historically about the UN and its place in world affairs."--Peter Wilson, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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