The New World Disorder: If the States Collapse, Can the Nations be United?

  • Immanuel Wallerstein


When the United Nations was founded in 1945, two elements of the world’s recent experience loomed large: the Second World War, which had been more extensive geographically and more destructive of life and capital stock physically than any war the world had hitherto known; and racist ideology, incarnated in its worst form by German Nazism and in only slightly less horrendous form by Italian and other fascisms and by Japanese militarist imperialism, which had had a spiritually corrosive impact. The victors in the war placed themselves on the high moral ground, asserting that the United Nations should be a structure dedicated to making sure that neither of these horrors would or could be repeated.


Sovereign State Racist Ideology Interstate System Liberal Project High Moral Ground 
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  • Immanuel Wallerstein

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