Internationalism and Power

I’m currently reading Mark Mazower’s book Governing the World – a history of the idea of international government – and I am struck how the history of internationalism consists of repeated examples of the structures of power being challenged by radical ideas and movements and then accommodating, appropriating, absorbing, modifying them. Finally those structures of power – states, classes, governments – then turn these ideas to their own use: furthering their interests. We see this with the ideas of nationalism, international law, international socialism, appropriated by nation states, diplomats and the Soviet Union respectively.

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~ by Doug Newdick on March 13, 2015.

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