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The emergence of globalism: Visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950

Rosenboim, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-3764-2133 (2017). The emergence of globalism: Visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950. In: The emergence of globalism: Visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950. (pp. 1-23). Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781400885237

Abstract

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.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2017 by Princeton University Press. All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by digital or mechanical means without prior written permission of the publisher.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21637
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