Brill is publishing an edited collection on civilizing missions in the 20th century.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The civilizing mission associated
with nineteenth-century colonialism became harder to justify after the First
World War. In an increasingly anti-imperialist culture, elites reformulated
schemes for the “improvement” of “inferior” societies. Nation building, social
engineering, humanitarianism, modernization or the spread of democracy were
used to justify outside interventions and the top-down transformation of
non-western, international or even domestic societies.
The contributions in Civilizing Missions in the Twentieth Century discuss how these justifications influenced Polish nation building, Scandinavian disarmament proposals and technocratic social policies in the interwar years. Treatment of the second half of the century covers the changing cultural context of European humanitarianism, as well as the influence of American social science on US foreign policy, more particularly democracy promotion.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Prof. Dr. Boris Barth is
Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Charles University, Prague.
He has published monographs and many articles on financial imperialism, the
stab-in-the-back legend, genocide, and on the crisis of the European
democracies in the inter-war years.
Rolf Hobson is Professor of History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies and the University of Bergen. He has published studies of modern European political history, war and society and German military history.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Notes on Contributors
Civilizing Missions from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, or from Uplifting to Democratization
Boris Barth and Rolf Hobson
The Cultural Transformation of America’s Civilizing Mission in the Twentieth Century
Nation-Building, Concepts of Space and Civilizing Mission in the Early Second Republic of Poland
Ambiguities of the Domestic Civilizing Mission: Technocratic Elites and Social Engineering in Interwar Europe
Lilliputians for Peace: Scandinavian Internationalism and International Disarmament c. 1880–1940
Questioning the Civilizing Mission: Humanitarianism and the Arab World in the 20th Century
The Democratic Peace Controversy in Retrospect as a “Civilizing Mission”? a Theory Revisited
American Nationalism and Regime Change: How the Neocons Tried to Speed Up the Inevitable
Epilogue: from Civilizing Missions to the Defence of Civility
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