The creation of the UN system during World War II is a largely unknown or forgotten story among contemporary decision makers, international relations specialists, and policy analysts.
This book aims to recover the wartime history of the United Nations and explore how the forgotten past can shed light on a possible and more desirable future. To achieve this, each chapter takes three snapshots:
This work will be essential reading for all students and scholars of the United Nations, International Organizations and Global Governance.
"Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations was published on the 70th anniversary of the April 1945 San Francisco Conference that adopted the Charter of the United Nations. The editors of the book have put together a 'collection of essays for studying and teaching international relations' as they were clearly 'persuaded that a more thorough consideration of wartime history could help inform the study and practice of the future United Nations and of international relations more generally'."
—Georgios Kostakos, PhD, LIFE Climate Action Sector Coordinator, NEEMO EEIG,Brussels, Belgium
Foreword by Margaret Joan Anstee Introduction:Past as Prelude, Multilateralism as a Tactic and Strategy, Dan Plesch & Thomas G. Weiss PART ONE: PLANNING AND PROPAGANDA 1. Prewar and Wartime Postwar Planning: Antecedents to the UN Moment in San Francisco, J. Simon Rofe 2. UN Public Diplomacy: Communicating the Post-National Message, Giles Scott-Smith 3. Educators across Borders: The Council of Allied Ministers of Education, 1942–45, Miriam Intrator PART TWO: HUMAN SECURITY, 4. A New Paradigm of International Criminal Justice? Reconsidering the 1943–1948 United Nations War Crimes Commission, Dan Plesch 5. UNRRA’s Operational Genius and Institutional Design, Eli Karetny & Thomas G. Weiss 6. Towards Universal Relief and Rehabilitation: India, UNRRA, and the New Internationalism, Manu Bhagavan PART THREE: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 7. The United Nations and Development: From the Origins to Current Challenges, John Burley & Stephen Browne 8. Financing Gaps, Competitiveness, and Capabilities: Why Bretton Woods Needs a Radical Rethink, Pallavi Roy 9. Stable Agricultural Markets and World Order: The FAO, and ITO, 1943–1949, Ruth Jacherz 10. Conclusion: Past as Prelude, Whither the United Nations?, Dan Plesch & Thomas G. Weiss,
The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).
The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.