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The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950

Or Rosenboim



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Princeton University Pres
15 February 2019
History; General & world history; Second World War; Political ideologies; International relations
How competing visions of world order in the 1940s gave rise to the modern concept of globalism During and after the Second World War, public intellectuals in Britain and the United States grappled with concerns about the future of democracy, the prospects of liberty, and the decline of the imperial system. Without using the term globalization, they identified a shift toward technological, economic, cultural, and political interconnectedness and developed a globalist ideology to reflect this new postwar reality. The Emergence of Globalism examines the competing visions of world order that shaped these debates and led to the development of globalism as a modern political concept.

Shedding critical light on this neglected chapter in the history of political thought, Or Rosenboim describes how a transnational network of globalist thinkers emerged from the traumas of war and expatriation in the 1940s and how their ideas drew widely from political philosophy, geopolitics, economics, imperial thought, constitutional law, theology, and philosophy of science. She presents compelling portraits of Raymond Aron, Owen Lattimore, Lionel Robbins, Barbara Wootton, Friedrich Hayek, Lionel Curtis, Richard McKeon, Michael Polanyi, Lewis Mumford, Jacques Maritain, Reinhold Niebuhr, H. G. Wells, and others. Rosenboim shows how the globalist debate they embarked on sought to balance the tensions between a growing recognition of pluralism on the one hand and an appreciation of the unity of humankind on the other.

An engaging look at the ideas that have shaped today's world, The Emergence of Globalism is a major work of intellectual history that is certain to fundamentally transform our understanding of the globalist ideal and its origins.
By:   Or Rosenboim
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191508
ISBN 10:   0691191506
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   15 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Reviews for The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950

This book is a tour de force on the theories of political philosophers from Great Britain, the US, and Western Europe dealing with the creation of a stable world order in the era emerging just before World War II to the middle of the Cold War. Rosenboim, a political research fellow (Cambridge), presents in a most impressive manner a wide range of American and European intellectual elites' approach to the study and ultimate creation of a structured world order. * Choice * A pleasure to read. This excellent book stands out as a major contribution to our growing understanding of the history of twentieth-century international thought. Rosenboim forces us to rethink that history, and by implication how we interpret international relations today. -Lucian M. Ashworth, author of A History of International Thought The best study ever written on Anglo-American global thought in the 1940s. Rosenboim's insightful, cutting-edge book will enjoy a lasting impact. -Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History Gathering, evaluating, and in some cases rehabilitating a host of philosophers, geographers, economists, planners, jurists, and theists, Rosenboim offers a master class on global thinking at the end of what Albert Camus called 'more than twenty years of an insane history:' the First World War, the Great Depression, Hitler's rise, Stalin's purges, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, the Holocaust, the Iron Curtain and, finally, 'a world threatened by nuclear destruction.' ---Jonathan Hunt, H-Diplo Roundtable Review Stimulating. ---Udi Greenberg, Lawfare Blog, A major work of intellectual history. ---Karen Shook, Times Higher Education One of CHOICE's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017 Shortlisted for the 2018 Gladstone Prize, Royal Historical Society Winner of the 2019 Francisco Guiccardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, International Studies Association

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