Patricia Clavin’s new book, co-edited with Professor Glenda Sluga at the University of Sydney, is the product of an Academic Conference held at Jesus College. Internationalism. A Twentieth-Century History, published by Cambridge University Press, is a pioneering survey of the rise of internationalism as a mainstream political idea in support of the ambitions of indigenous populations, feminists and anti-colonialists, as well as politicians, economics and central bankers.
Leading scholars trace the emergence of intergovernmental organizations such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the World Health Organization, and reveal how international thought helped to drive major transformations of global governance issues from refugees to slavery and sex-trafficking, from the environment to women’s rights and human rights, and from state borders and national minorities to health, education, trade and commerce.
Internationalisms challenges our dominant perceptions of how contemporaries thought of nations, states and empires that alters our understanding of major events and ideas in the twentieth-century. It also reminds us that ideas and practices of international solidarity as much as more familiar histories of nationalism and nation-building made the modern world.