A World Beyond Borders: An Introduction to the History of International Organizations
This short and well-written overview provides essential information on the history of international organizations (IOs), with particular focus on the League of Nations, the development of the United Nations, and the UN system. Starting at the beginning of the twentieth century, when there were very few international organizations in existence, A World Beyond Borders traces the growth of IOs through to the close of the century, when there were literally thousands at the heart of the international system.
Following this chronological order, the book examines how international organizations became the major legal, moral, and cultural forces that they are today, involved in all aspects of international relations including peacekeeping, disarmament, peace resolution, human rights, diplomacy, and environmentalism.
This book is the first in the Canadian Historical Association / University of Toronto Press International Themes and Issues Series, which is dedicated to publishing concise, focused overviews of topics that are of international significance in the study of history.
- Series: International Themes and Issues
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 208 pages
- Dimensions: 5.4in x 0.7in x 8.5in
ReviewsThis lucid, thoughtful synthesis makes excellent sense of the dense web that international organizations have spun around the globe over the last two centuries. Above all, by highlighting their role in relation to states and by assessing their performance, this volume provides a welcome introduction to a prime feature of our globalized world.
Michael H. Hunt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The author has written a balanced, fair introduction to the modern history of international organizations. While the survey of the League of Nations is well-done, the book really comes alive with its analysis of the United Nations. The final chapter, surveying recent UN operations, is excellent. A World Beyond Borders is an effective resource for undergraduate students of international relations.
George Egerton, University of British Columbia
Author InformationDavid MacKenzie is a professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University.
Table of contents
1. Introduction to International Organizations
2. The League of Nations
3. Wartime Internationalism and the Birth of the UN
4. The United Nations in the Cold War Years
5. Regional and Other International Organizations
6. The World of International NGOs
7. The United Nations in the Modern Era
The Covenant of the League of Nations
The Charter of the United Nations
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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