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The Historical Frame

  • Geoff Simons


Many themes — in idealism, commitment to human welfare, and practical politics — were to contribute to the emergence of the United Nations. Principal among these was the age-old longing for a just world that would live in peace, a secure pax orbis that would encourage the gradual improvement of the human condition. Isaiah (2, 4) imagined swords beaten into plowshares, and nations that no longer warred with their neighbours; Jesus (Matthew 5, 9) blessed the peacemakers as ‘the children of God’ (though, with nice paradox, at times preferred the sword to peace*). In tribute to the dream, both secular and spiritual leaders were dubbed ‘Prince of Peace’, though often content to secure tranquillity by the destruction of their enemies. Echoing Isaiah, the celebrated Dr Montague John Rendall (1862–1950), one of the first Governors of the British Broadcasting Corporation, in 1927 composed the motto of the Corporation: ‘Nation shall speak peace unto nation.’


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