The Internationalists

The Internationalists

How A Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

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"The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals--Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships."--Amazon.
"A bold and provocative history of how an overlooked 1928 treaty was among the most transformative events in modern history. On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of the signing of the Pact, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that that understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day. [This book] tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish and the subsequent era where tariffs took the place of tanks. Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century--and show how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501109867
Branch Call Number: 940.5/HATHAWAY
Characteristics: xxii, 581 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Shapiro, Scott - Author


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Feb 10, 2018

Any honest modern assessment of the Kellogg-Briand Pact would provide readers with an analysis of its failure to thwart the illegal US invasion of Iraq on false pretenses in 2003. Instead, authors Hathaway and Shapiro devote just two sentences (on page 372) in the book to that event and then only to contrast it with the laudatory (to their mind) triumph of the WTO in the same time period in blocking increased US steel tariffs. Elsewhere (p. 419), they remark positively on the US' "important--indeed, leading--role in policing the [international] system" against the "rule breakers".

In sum, this book is an elitist apology for advancing the "New World Order" (their term), which is pretty peachy if you're part of the elite. The authors are, therefore, keen on economic neoliberalism and Pax Americana.

Under the right circumstances, Kellogg-Briand could conceivably serve as the foundation for a better, more peaceful world. But the New World Order promoted by Hathaway and Shapiro will only lead us further and more rapidly down the path to a dystopian future of more pervasive (if possibly less dramatic) violent coercion and control, less freedom, increased centralization and loss of autonomy and sovereignty, along with greater poverty for all but the elites.

Feb 03, 2018

From the perspective of both a lawyer and History major, I found The Internationalists to be
a suprising revelation of the basics of International Law from the 1600s thru today. And in the process an excellent accounting of nearly every important historical fact that has affected International Relations among Nations. I found it hard to put down. And was repeatedly re-reading important passages in hopes that the information would soak in. I have decided to purchase this book and add it to my library.


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