Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Review Essay - The Mystic Wand of Participation: An Appraisal of Mark Mazower’s 'No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations' (2010)

German Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 7, 2011

Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 25/2011

19 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011  

Mai Taha

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

Mark Mazower’s latest book, No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations intelligently weaves in the League of Nations as the primary informant of the United Nations to deconstruct any claims of discontinuities between the two institutions. In doing so, Mazower offers an eloquent polemic against the literature's tendency to idolize the United Nations’ founding as a symbolic and material break from empire. Exploring the dark sides of its intellectual origins and early years, however, Mazower points to the decolonization movement to argue for the potential of the United Nations as a site of emancipatory struggle – his book concludes with a reinvestment in its promise of a more inclusive and just world order. The issue left to the reader, and which I hope to address in this review essay, is the legitimacy of Mazower’s claim that the United Nations has indeed escaped its imperial heritage.

Keywords: United Nations, League of Nations, legal history, international law, colonialism, decolonization, imperialism, Mark Mazower, self-determination

Suggested Citation

Taha, Mai, Review Essay - The Mystic Wand of Participation: An Appraisal of Mark Mazower’s 'No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations' (2010) (July 2011). German Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 7, 2011; Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 25/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1899393

Mai A. Taha (Contact Author)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law ( email )

Department of Statistical Sciences
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

Paper statistics

Downloads
95
Rank
233,868
Abstract Views
708