Differing interpretations of the early history of the United Nations on the one hand conceive it as an instrument to promote colonial interests while on the other emphasizing its influence in providing self-determination for dependent territories. The authors in this book explore this dynamic in order to increase our understanding of both the achievements and the limits of international support for the independence of colonized peoples. This book will prove foundational for scholars and students of modern history, international history and postcolonial history.
Jessica Lynne Pearson
Part I: The Politics of Oversight
1. National Prerogatives versus International Supervision: Britain’s Evolving Policy toward the Campaign for Equivalency of United Nations’ Handling of Dependent Territories, 1945-1963
Mary Ann Heiss
2. A Challenge to the System: The South West African Question and the United Nations Trusteeship Council
3. The United Nations, the Italian Decolonization and the 1949 Bevin-Sforza Plan: A Victory for Neo-colonialism?
Part II: Decolonizing Global Governance?
4. The United Nations between ‘Old Boys Club’ and a Changing World Order: The South African-Indian Dispute at the United Nations, 1945-1955
5. ‘A Crisis of Confidence’: The Postcolonial Moment and the Diplomacy of Decolonization at the United Nations, ca. 1961
Caio Simões de Araújo
6. Haiti, the United Nations, and Decolonization in the Congo
Chantalle F. Verna
Part III: Unraveling Empire
7. The Trust Territory of Somaliland, 1950-1960: Trusteeship or Colony?
8. The United Nations and Information Gathering on Portuguese Colonies, 1961-1962
Aurora Almada e Santos
9. The United Nations and West Papuan Self-Determination: Lingering Conceptions of ‘Civilization’ in the Decolonization Process