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Regionalism and the allied debate on postwar world and European organization, 1940-1945.

Gyallay-Pap, Peter (1990) Regionalism and the allied debate on postwar world and European organization, 1940-1945. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

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Abstract

During World War II, regionalism was upheld by theorists and practitioners of international relations as a needed modification or alternative to the sovereign state and international system of political organization. Aspects of regionalism relating in particular to security matters were eventually incorporated into the United Nations Charter in 1945. This study draws together ideas and historical data on regionalism and the war-time search for postwar world and European order. Part One of the study identifies three theories, or proto-theories, of regionalism and postwar order - interstate, hegemonial, and autochthonous - based on the degree to which state sovereignty was subordinated to regional criteria. These theories help elucidate the allied debate on regionalism and postwar order. Part Two examines the debate on the future world organization by the three major powers - the United States, Great Britain, Soviet Union - as well as, at the 1945 San Francisco United Nations Conference on International Organization, among the smaller allied countries. Part Three helps unravel the allied debate on regionalism and the future structure of Europe, including the attempt by eastern European govern-ments-in-exile to form one or more regional federations in that part of Europe. It also discusses the role of nonstate actors. The study concludes with an assessment of regionalism as a concept and principle that alters the classical, state-centric understanding of international relations.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science, International Relations, History, European
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/1114

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