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The Internationalists: And Their Plan to Outlaw War Hardcover – 12 Sep 2017

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; 01 edition (12 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241200709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241200704
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genuine originality is unusual in political history. The Internationalists is an original book. (Louis Menand New Yorker)

The Internationalists is a fascinating and challenging book, which raises gravely important issues for the present. (Margaret MacMillan Financial Times)

An extraordinary high-wire act ... this book is a lively firecracker that illuminates not only the past, but also the present (Adam Roberts Telegraph)

An impassioned history of how the liberal international order came into being and why it must be defended as never before (Economist)

Sweeping and yet personable at the same time, The Internationalists explores the profound implications of the outlawry of war. Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro enrich their analysis with vignettes of the many individuals (some unknown to most students of History) who played such important roles in this story. None have put it all together in the way that Hathaway and Shapiro have done in this book. (Paul Kennedy)

Like The Clash of Civilizations and The End of History, this brilliant book lays out a vision that makes sense of the world today in the context of centuries of history. Hathaway and Shapiro tell their story with literary flair, analytical depth, and historical meticulousness. It will change the way you remember the 20th century and read the news in the 21st. (Steven Pinker)

In this timely, elegant and powerful book, Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro help us understand the momentous significance of the individuals who imagined an end to war. As the world stands on the cusp of a return to an earlier age, The Internationalists is a clarion call to preserve law and order across our planet (Philippe Sands)

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Since the end of the Second World War, we have moved from an international system in which war was legal, and accepted as the ultimate arbiter of disputes between nations, to one in which it was not. Nations that wage aggressive war have become outcasts and have almost always had to give up their territorial gains. How did this epochal transformation come about? This remarkable book, which combines political, legal, and intellectual history, traces the origins and course of one of the great shifts in the modern world.

The pivot of The Internationalists is the Paris Peace Pact of 1928. Spurred by memories of the First World War and driven by the idealism of a small number of statesmen and thinkers, virtually every nation renounced war as a means of international policy. Eleven years later, on the outbreak of the Second World War, the Pact looked like an embarrassing lapse in the serious business of international affairs, a naïve experiment never to be repeated. That is how historians have seen it ever since. Hathaway and Shapiro show, however, that the Pact was the beginning of a new attitude to war and that it shaped the thinking of those who framed a new world order. Using important new research data, they also show that the Pact really was the turning point in the use of force to establish rule over territories. Beginning in 1928, and especially after 1945, law rather than war became the means of establishing legitimate rule.

Though this is a book about the power of ideas and their impact upon history, it is peopled throughout by individuals - mostly little known except to specialists - who brought about these momentous changes, who are seen both responding to the circumstances of their own time and as part of the much wider arc which the authors trace. Hathaway and Shapiro write with passion, but also with touches of humour and, throughout, a capacity to make complex issues comprehensible to non-specialists. The Internationalists is a significant contribution to understanding international affairs, and how great historical changes come about.

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