"Internationalism and Its Betrayal " was first published in
1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make
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A new world order, proclaimed Western leaders after the cold
war, could extend liberal democracy and human rights around the
globe. Yet the specter of nationalism once again haunts the world,
threatening to extinguish the spirit of internationalism.
Although internationalism is typically understood to be
diametrically opposed to nationalism, Micheline Ishay argues to the
contrary, maintaining that internationalism often incorporates an
individualist element that manifests itself as nationalism during
critical periods such as war. For example, the new liberal
internationalism invoked after the cold war is now revealing its
limits-as reflected by the UN's inability to interfere promptly to
stop ethnic and nationalist conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, and
Internationalism and Its Betrayal explores the tensions and
contradictions between ideas of nationalism and internationalism,
focusing on the major political thinkers from the early modern
period into the nineteenth century. Ishay examines the writings of
Vico, Grotius, Rousseau, Kant, Paine, Robespierre, Burke, Fichte,
de Maistre, and Hegel. She speaks to an audience of individuals
interested in the spread of democracy, students of human rights and
international relations, historians of the French Revolution, and
Micheline Ishay was born in Tel Aviv, and raised in Israel,
Luxembourg, and Brussels, Belgium. She is currently assistant
professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver
University, where she is also serving as director of the human
rights program and executive director of the Center on Rights
Development. She is coeditor of "The Nationalism Reader"
Craig Calhoun is professor of sociology and history and director
of the University Center for International Studies at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the editor of
the Contradictions of Modernity series for the University of
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