Synopses & Reviews
This contribution to the history of ideas examines how best to organize the world. It covers the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, bringing the study of the history of ideas about the world order up to date. The author analyzes a large number of proposals for world order, peace, justice, and welfare, and explains the distinctive features of these proposals historically. The central organizing concept of the book is what is known to specialists in international relations as the "domestic analogy": the idea that interstate relations are amenable to the same type of institutional control as the relations of individuals and groups within the state. From such an idea sprang the League of Nations, the United Nations and its agencies, and many international institutions including the EEC. The book examines how this particular mode of reasoning about international relations has evolved against changing historical backgrounds.
In this study Dr Suganami discusses the role the domestic analogy has played in proposals about world order, peace, justice and welfare in the period since 1814.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The domestic analogy debate: a preliminary outline; 2. The range and types of the domestic analogy; 3. Some nineteenth-century examples; 4. Contending doctrines of the Hague Peace Conferences period; 5. The impact of the Great War; 6. The effect of the failure of the League on attitudes towards the domestic analogy; 7. The domestic analogy in the establishment of the United Nations; 8. The domestic analogy in contemporary international thought; 9. The domestic analogy and world order proposals: typology and appraisal; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index of personal names; Subject index.