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The Emergence of Globalism

The Emergence of Globalism

Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950
Or Rosenboim, The Emergence of Globalism. Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2017, 338 p., ISBN : 9780691168722.
Notice published 21 May 2017

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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.

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Or Rosenboim

Or Rosenboim is a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at Queens’ College and POLIS, both at the University of Cambridge. Or’s current research explores the history of international thought in the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the emergence of ‘globalism’ as a key conceptual theme in international relations. She is currently working on a manuscript exploring 1940s visions of world order in Britain and the United States. Her broader research interests lie in the fields of history of international thought in France, Britain the United States and Italy. She has published a number of articles on geopolitics, federalism, imperialism, liberalism and functionalism in international relations.

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