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Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics'A Salutary Moral Influence'$
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Richard Crockatt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785491.001.0001

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World Government

World Government

(p.133) 6 World Government
Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics

Richard Crockatt

Oxford University Press

In the years immediately following the existential shock of Hiroshima, politicians and intellectuals alike of varying political persuasions were open to internationalist solutions to world conflict. Among these solutions was world government, which Einstein had been advocating since the early 1920s. As the cold war took root, some internationalist initiatives such as the UN became firmly embedded, but more advanced internationalist ideas reverted to the marginal status they had occupied in the interwar period. Einstein was in the van of the world-government movement, but examination of his correspondence with Emery Reves, author of the hugely influential The Anatomy of Peace, and others shows that behind apparent public consensus among world-government advocates lay important differences in approach between them. Here, as elsewhere, Einstein was insistent on asserting distinct positions and retaining freedom of movement for himself.

Keywords:   Hiroshima, internationalist solutions, world government, UN, Emery Reves, cold war, United Nations

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