Governing the world the history of an idea 1815 to the present mark mazower on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the worlds governing institutions the story of global cooperation is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanitys worst problems. This is a wonderfully written book by historian mark mazower about the idea of an international organization orchestrating international relations since the time of the concert of europe in post napoleonic wars europe until 2012 when the book was written. Governing europe and then the whole world for the greater good of mankind an idea spanning almost two centuries at once noble and megalomaniacal visionary and delusional and ultimately doomed to failure this idea has found its perfect chronicler in mark mazower whose perceptions are cosmopolitan humane learned and properly skeptical. Mark mazower provides us with a very readable and highly stimulating intellectual history of western internationalism starting with the vienna congress in 1815 and ending in 2012 with the ongoing syrian civil war. Mark mazower governing the world the history of an idea the second part is entitled governing the world the american way and deals mainly with the un in the post world war ii era until
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