Internationalisms: A Twentieth-Century History

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Glenda Sluga, Patricia Clavin
Cambridge University Press, 2017 - History - 372 pages
This is a pioneering survey of the rise of internationalism as a mainstream political idea mobilised in support of the ambitions of indigenous populations, feminists and anti-colonialists, as well as politicians, economists and central bankers. Leading scholars trace the emergence of intergovernmental organisations such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation, and the corresponding expansion in transnational sociability and economic entanglement throughout the long twentieth century. They reveal how international thought helped to drive major transformations in the governance of global issues from refugees to slavery and sex-trafficking, from the environment to women's rights and human rights, and from state borders and national minorities to health, education, trade and commerce. In challenging dominant perceptions of how contemporaries thought of nations, states and empires, Internationalisms radically alters our understanding of the major events and ideas that shaped twentieth-century politics, culture, economics and society.

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About the author (2017)

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History at the University of Sydney and the recipient of the prestigious Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship. She won the Australian Academy of the Humanities' Max Crawford Medal in 2002, and is a founding member of the International Scientific Committee for the History of UNESCO, as well as a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her recent publications include Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (2013).

Patricia Clavin is Professor of International History at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in History at Jesus College, Oxford. She was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in 2015, and the British Academy 'Thank-Offering to Britain' Senior Research Fellowship in 2008. Her recent publications include Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations (2013), which won the British Academy Medal.

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