First published in 1915, Towards International Government considers the consequences of war for global diplomacy and the alliance system. Hobson argues that, to reduce armaments and the possibility of another world war, an organisational structure of international government must be put into place. An extension of the League of Nations, Hobson proposes that this council would need to hold legislative powers enabling it to impose economic sanctions and, if necessary, the ability to deploy an international force. This is a fascinating and exceptionally forward-thinking work, of great importance to economic and political historians of the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. A League of Peace 2. A Basis of Confederation 3. International Arbitration: Its Scope and Method 4. Settlement by Conciliation 5. Court and Council: Their Appointment and Personnel 6. International Force 7. The Economic Boycott 8. The International Executive 9. International Government in Relation to (i) Problems if Nationality (ii) Problems of Economic Opportunity 10. The Social Contract of Nations 11. The International Mind 12. Democracy and Internationalism; Index