The Parliament of Man

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2007 - Political Science - 384 pages
The Parliament of Man is the first definitive history of the United Nations, from one of America's greatest living historians.Distinguished scholar Paul Kennedy, author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, gives us a thorough and timely account that explains the UN's roots and functions while also casting an objective eye on its effectiveness and its prospects for success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead. Kennedy shows the UN for what it is: fallible, human-based, often dependent on the whims of powerful national governments or the foibles of individual administrators—yet also utterly indispensable. With his insightful grasp of six decades of global history, Kennedy convincingly argues that "it is difficult to imagine how much more riven and ruinous our world of six billion people would be if there had been no UN."
 

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Paul Kennedy has provided a review of the success of the United Nations in various areas (peacekeeping, social and economic issues, human rights) and has discussed ways to ensure the UN remains ... Read full review

The parliament of man: the past, present, and future of the United Nations

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Kennedy (history, Yale;The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers ) presents a thematic study of the UN, covering peacekeeping, economic agencies, and human rights from its origins at the end of World War ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER The Troubled Advance to a New World Order 18151945
3
The Evolution of the Many UNs Since 1945
51
Peacekeeping and Warmaking
77
Economic Agendas North and South
113
The Softer Face of the UNs Mission
143
Advancing International Human Rights
177
Democracy Governments
206
The Promise and the Peril of the Twentyfirst Century
243
Afterword
281
Acknowledgments
291
Charter of the United Nations
313
Index
343
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Paul Kennedy is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Preparing for the Twenty-first Century and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. He serves on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and several other publications. Educated at Newcastle University and Oxford University, he is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn.

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