Wednesday October 28, 2020

From chaos, a new world order

Governing The World: The History of an Idea by Mark Mazower. Allen Lane, €31.50. Reviewed by Dick O'Riordan.

4th November, 2012
Former US president George W Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly in 2008. Photo: Getty

Governing The World: The History of an Idea**


In 1815, the great powers of Europe met in Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat. The Congress of Vienna redrew the boundaries of Europe after more than a decade of upheaval and put in place a diplomatic system that largely kept the peace until the first World War. The Concert of Europe met irregularly, had no governing treaty or permanent secretariat but, for a time, was...

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