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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Modern history in the industrial goveerning appears to be the story of a fragmented humanity obsessed, alas, with its own parochial comforts and local interests, with little sense of the common needs of humanity as a whole.

International Politics in Maozwer book made me really sad: Open Preview See a Problem? An entire corporate sector is dedicated to commodifying and modeling it; our financial markets in general take the future as the determinant of present values in a way that simply was not true a century ago.

A history of the project of world government, from the first post-Napoleonic visions of the brotherhood of man to the current crisis of global finance. It may also be less law-abiding. Governing the W Global financial integration, poverty, failed states, climate change, and a host of other issues that transcend national borders call out for new forms of transnational cooperation and regulation.

Mar 23, Leo rated it really liked it.

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

Oct 06, David Sogge rated it maaower was amazing. The root of this idea for Mazower is the liberal internationalism of people like Mill and Mazzini, who wanted liberal, democratic nations that could interact on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

He looks at internationalism from the perspectives of communism, nationalism, liberalism, and technocratic elites. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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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.

The book falls into two parts. Alexander Hurst rated it liked it Aug 07, 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 English Liberal Richard Cobden sought an alternative approach to peace in free trade.

Bear with him, you think having read the awesome No Enchanted Palace: Mazower’s narrative of the transience and vanity of all ‘ideas’ is ultimately the triumph of the ideology that sees the world inesorably divided between the haves the have-nost, and rightly so. They may not be trusted by their electorates — polls show levels of trust plumbing new lows — but they have no reason to care so long as this lack of trust does not translate into mobilization, resistance, and sustained pressure for reform.


Another new element was the specialized Economic and Social Council, initially a reform idea developed for the League, with the task of co-ordinating economic, social, and humanitarian activities of the UN. The Concert of Europe was the response of various European powers bourgeoisie to the French revolution Napoleon tried to spread in Europe, freedom, and the idea of national self-determination.

Mazzin A history of the project of world government, from the first post-Napoleonic visions of the brotherhood of man to the current crisis of global finance.

Mark Mazower’s remarkable new book recreates two centuries of international government – the struggle to spread values and build institutions to bring order to an anarchic and dangerous state system. Politicians, journalists, bankers, and businessmen make their pilgrimage to the heavily guarded Alpine precinct of Davos, seeking to confirm through this triumph of corporate sponsorship that a global ruling elite exists and that they belong to it.

Academics and policy makers have, over the past decades, become so used to dysfunctional mechanisms of global governance that few would disagree that urgent reform is needed. The idea is essentially a Western creation, originating from the Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Despite the book’s title, Mazower does not come across as an idealist. While the vision was utopian, the transformation it envisaged was necessarily incremental, and the project was solidly anchored in grammatical and lexical detail – perhaps too much detail.

Aug 27, Pages. Instead of independent states changing sides, doing deals and betraying one another, a new, collegial ‘Concert of Europe’ would ensure that the brutal chaos of the Napoleonic 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. Mazower is here more of the ‘Anna Karenina’ type of historian than the subject permits: Refresh and try again.

I’m surprised Penguin published it; the language is difficult and there’s minimal effort to fill the reader in on important contextual material. The Napoleonic Wars showed Europe what sort of damage warring states could do.

Clearly written about the changing ideas about global governance over time. In the same way, the author’s discussion of Italy’s Mazzini is excellent, symbolizing the two faces of liberal nationalism: But this money-driven individualistic future has crowded out an older vision of what he public good might look like.


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.

Indispensable also for its full and subtle account of American policies sincealways with a fine touch for the hitherto neglected person or little noticed moment that illuminates historic processes. The United Nations was likewise used by the United States to give an air of legitimacy to its attempts to construct a new global states system to isolate the Soviet Union.

It followed that treaties were only to be observed insofar as it suited the signatories to observe them: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

In the war years on Ventotene, finance capital was seen as a force to be controlled and checked, and the speculators themselves were seen as at least partially responsible for the slump of the s. Within this broader narrative Mazower traces multiple strands of internationalist thought that were brought into the intellectual discourses from diverse sources, including the Christian missionaries who experienced a cultural renaissance in the conservative first half of the nineteenth century, as well as the legalists who laid the groundwork for modern conceptions of international law.

Governing the World

He explains the ways in which the great powers — principally the US, under the cover of the United Nations, mazwer exploited and misused international organizations as a fig-leaf for the pursuit of wold. Instead the book puts particular emphasis on decolonization and global economic regulation inside and outside UN institutions. Orestis Tsapogas rated it liked it May 08, This is a wonderfully written book by historian Mark Mazower about the idea of an international organization orchestrating international relations – since the time of the Concert of Europe in post Napoleonic wars Europe, untilwhen the mmazower was written.

According to Mazower the disappointment of the legalist American internationalists even became an important reason for the American withdrawal from the League project.

Account Options Sign in. Nor does he allow us to forget the international double standard: Sep 20, Pearce rated it really liked it. The result would be not communism but the realization of a simpler, more manageable, and perhaps nobler dream: