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The Conservative Human Rights RevolutionEuropean Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention$
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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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Internationalism Between Nostalgia and Technocracy

Internationalism Between Nostalgia and Technocracy

(p.49) 2 Internationalism Between Nostalgia and Technocracy
The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

Marco Duranti

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the tension between romantic and technocratic forms of internationalism from 1914 to 1940. Internationalist ethics were forged at the nexus of history and memory. Whereas technocrats understood their enterprise as an exercise in the application of universal scientific principles derived independently of culture and religion, romantics exalted the particular attributes of distinctive communities of memory as expressed in cultural artifacts and religious symbolism. Topics under discussion include the invocation of international law during the First World War, the League of Nations rights regimes, the Europeanism of Aristide Briand and Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, and the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair.

Keywords:   European identity, European integration, international justice, international law, internationalism, League of Nations, nostalgia, United States, utopia, world’s fair

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