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Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the Decolonisation of Africa

Henning Melber

Abstract

In 1953 Dag Hammarskjöld became the second Secretary-General of the United Nations—the highest international civil servant. Before his mission was cut short by a 1961 plane crash in then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia), he used his office to act on the basis of anti-hegemonic values, including solidarity and recognition of otherness. The dubious circumstances of Hammarskjöld’s death have received much attention, including a new official investigation (which is summarized in a chapter), but have perhaps overshadowed his diplomatic legacy—one that has often been hotly contested. This book summa ... More

Keywords: Dag Hammarskjöld, United Nations, Decolonization, Africa, Cold War, Global Governance, International Civil Service

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190087562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190087562.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henning Melber, author
The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation