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International Organizations and the Cold War: Competition, Cooperation and Convergence

Sandrine Kott

The post-WWII era was a time of super power confrontation and antagonistic bloc politics, but it was also a period in which organized internationalism reached its peak as both an ideological value and a political practice. This edited volume explores how international organizations affected the evolution and nature of Cold War rivalries, and how they in turn were shaped by them.

In seeking to understand the role that international organizations have played as sites of confrontation, this volume also highlights their role as spaces for mediation and negotiation, particularly for middle-size powers and colonized or newly decolonized countries. Through multiple perspectives, based on a diverse array of historical sources, the authors collectively explore how international organizations were able to bridge and move beyond the Cold War divide by promoting common causes and shaping common scientific knowledge, communities and practices.

Rather than focusing exclusively on western-dominated institutions within the UN system which have received the most scholarly attention to date, International Organizations and the Cold War highlights the role of lesser-known groups such as the Paris-based International Child Center, the Prague-based International Union of Students and historical actors such as Soviet public health experts and Chinese development specialists. In doing so, it asks new questions about the role of international organizations in securing peace and security across the modern world, and their role as negotiator in times of tension and crisis.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jan 9th, 2025
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350416499
  • Categories: Modern - 20th Century - GeneralWorld - GeneralInternational Relations - Diplomacy

About the Author

Brydan, David: - David Brydan is a Lecturer at King's College London, UK. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher on the Reluctant Internationalists project, and then Lecturer in Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. His first book Franco's Internationalists (2019).
Reinisch, Jessica: - Jessica Reinisch is Professor of Modern European History at Birkbeck, London, UK.

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