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sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

The Rise of the East: and the perils of new conflicts - Gideon Rachman

Novo livro, de acordo com o Zeitgeist:

Easternisation

War and Peace in the Asian Century

Easternisation by Gideon Rachman
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US$ 28.19
Selected as a Book of the Year by Evening Standard

The West’s domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun.
Easternisation is the defining trend of our age – the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace.
A troubled but rising China is now challenging America’s supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers – including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan – have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power.
We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.
Random House; August 2016
320 pages; ISBN 9781473521162
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Title: Easternisation
Author: Gideon Rachman

quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2016

Brazil in the World: um livro de Sean Burges: apresentacao no Itamaraty em 14/11, as 16hs


Sean Burges, professor titular de Relações Internacionais da Universidade Nacional da Austrália e Vice-coordenador do  Centro Nacional australiano para Estudos Latino-americanos encontra-se no Brasil, para participar de um encontro sobre cooperação ao desenvolvimento, envolvendo a Funag e Wilton Park.
Ele é autor de um livro precedente sobre o Brasil após a Guerra Fria: “Brazilian Foreign Policy After the Cold War” (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009) e acaba de publicar  Brazil in the World: The International Relations of a South American Giant (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), sobre a política externa brasileira nas últimas décadas, tanto no plano multilateral quanto bilateral (China, EUA, América do Sul, Sul-Global). 


Para falar um pouco de seu último livro e de suas pesquisas sobre a diplomacia brasileira, o presidente da Funag, embaixador Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima, e eu, em minha qualidade de Diretor do IPRI, tomamos a iniciativa de organizar uma apresentação-debate na próxima segunda-feira, 14 de novembro, a ser feita na sala D do Itamaraty, às 16:00hs.
Creio que será uma excelente oportunidade para abordar com Sean Burges as grandes linhas da diplomacia e da política externa do Brasil nas últimas décadas.

 Sumário do livro:

1 Thinking about Brazil in the world 1
2 The domestic foreign policy context 25
3 O jeito brasileiro … the Brazilian way 48
4 Brazil’s multilateralist impulse 64
5 Trade policy 86
6 Brazil Inc. 110
7 Security policy 134
8 Brazil and Latin America 153
9 Brazil and the Global South 174
10 Brazil and the United States 197
11 Brazil and China 222
12 Conclusions and future possibilities 241

Description:


Drawing on over seventy interviews, fieldwork in five countries, and a comprehensive survey of government documents, media reports and scholarly literature, Burges examines a series of issue areas - multilateralism, trade, and security - as well as the pattern of bilateral relations in South America, the Global South and with China and the USA to trace how Brazil formulates its transformative foreign policy agenda and works to implement it regionally and globally.


                Specific focus is given to tracing how and why Brazil has moved onto the global stage, leveraging its regional predominance in South America into a global leadership role and bridge between the North and South in international affairs. The analysis highlights the extent to which foreign policy making in Brazil is changing as a field of public policy and the degree to which sustained political attention is necessary for a dynamic and innovative international engagement approach. Of interest to students, scholars and policy makers, this book casts light not only how an emerging power rises in the international system, but also isolates the blind spots that existing analytical approaches have when it comes to thinking about what power means for the increasingly vocal rising states of the global South.



                About the Author

                Sean W. Burges is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and a Senior Research Fellow with the Washington, DC-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

sexta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2016

Excertos da biografia de Alexander von Humboldt, por Andrea Wulf


A invenção da natureza por Alexander von Humboldt,
livro de Andrea Wulf

Paulo Roberto de Almeida
 [Excertos de livro, divulgação]



O livro de Andrea Wulf, jornalista alemã radicada na Grã-Bretanha, sobre o maior cientista ambientalista de todos os tempos, verdadeiro patrono dos ecologistas contemporâneos, é uma preciosidade bibliográfica: A invenção da natureza: as aventuras de Alexander von Humboldt (tradução de Renato Marques; 1a. edição; São Paulo: Planeta, 2016) é uma biografia perfeitamente reconstituída, com todo o aparato científico das citações e consultas a um volume impressionante de literatura secundária usada para a composição de um imenso painel cultural do mundo, em todas as partes, tal como existente do final do século 18 a meados do 19, mas remetendo igualmente aos modernos discípulos do sábio alemão.
Realizei muitas anotações a partir do livro de Andrea Wulf, e coloco estes excertos, exclusivamente selecionados por interesse pessoal, nos parágrafos seguintes.

A partir de sua viagem à América do Sul, entre 1799 e 1804, Humboldt elaborou um relato pessoal e uma narrativa científica, na qual ele relata os primeiros efeitos da destruição humana sobre as paisagens naturais:
“Quando as florestas são destruídas, como o são em toda a parte na América por obra dos plantadores europeus, com uma precipitação imprudente, as fontes de água secam por completo ou se tornam menos abundantes. Os leitos dos rios, permanecendo (p. 97) secos durante parte do ano, são convertidos em torrentes toda vez que caem pesadas chuvas em suas cabeceiras. Desaparecendo a relva e o musgo juntamente com a vegetação rasteira nas encostas das montanhas, as águas das chuvas não sofrem obstrução em seu curso; em vez aumentarem lentamente o nível dos rios por meio de progressivas filtragens, durante as intensas chuvaradas as águas sulcam os declives das colina, empurram para baixo o solo solto e formam as súbitas inundações que devastam o país”. (p. 98)
Alguns anos antes, na própria Alemanha, onde trabalhava como inspetor de minas, Humboldt já havia feito as mesmas observações com respeito ao excessivo desmatamento e o uso de madeira como combustível. Outros tinham feito as mesmas observações antes dele, mas com preocupações mais econômicas do que amnbientais.
Texto de Andrea Wulf: “A madeira era o petróleo dos séculos XVII e XVIII, e qualquer escassez do produto criava ansiedades com relação a combustível, manufatura e transporte, semelhantes à comoção que as ameaças à produção de petróleo geram hoje em dia. Já em 1664m o jardineiro e autor inglês John Evelyn escrevera um livro sobre silvicultura que se tornou um sucesso de vendas – Sylva, a Discourse of Forest Trees, que tratava da escassez de madeira como crise nacional. ‘Seria melhor ficarmos sem ouro do que sem madeira’, Evelyn tinha declarado, porque sem árvores não haveria indústrias de ferro e vidro, lareiras ardentes para aquecer as casas durante as noites frias de inverno, tampouco uma marinha de guerra para proteger as costas da Inglaterra.” (p. 98). Colbert, na França, também proibiu o corte de árvores, e plantou árvores para uso exclusivo da Marinha. “A França perecerá pela falta de madeira”. (p. 99). Mais tarde, Benjamin Franklin inventou uma lareira eficiente no uso de combustível.
Sobre um outro americano, Jefferson, o terceiro ou quarto presidente dos Estados Unidos: “Sofria do que chamava de ‘enfermidade da bibliomania’, constantemente comprando e estudando livros”. (p. 151)

Joseph Banks, naturalista inglês do Kew Gardens, escreveu a Jacques Julien Houtton de la Billardière, em 9 de junho de 1796, no auge dos conflitos entre os dois países na sequência das guerras napoleônicas:
“A ciência das duas nações pode ficar em paz, enquanto a Política está em guerra”, (p. 123), citando o livro de Joseph Banks: The Letters of Joseph Banks, A Selection, 1768-1820 (London: Imperial College Press, 2000, p. 171).
Alexander von Humboldt se espantou com os abusos e o arbítrio da dominação autocrática da coroa espanhola nas Américas: “O rei espanhol detinha até mesmo o monopólio sobre a neve que caia em Quito, Lima e outras cidades coloniais, de modo que pudesse ser usada na fabricação de sorvete para as elites abastadas. Era um absurdo, afirmou Humboldt, que algo que ‘caia do céu’ pudesse pertencer à Coroa espanhola. A seu ver, a política e a economia de um governo colonial eram baseadas na ‘imoralidade.’” (p. 160), escreve Andrea Wulf com base no livro de AH, reproduzindo observações feitas em Quito, em fevereiro de 1802; Voyage aux régions équinoxiales du Nouveau Continent, fait en 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804, em 34 volumes, ilustrados com 1.500 gravuras.
Humboldt também produziu um livro inteiro de observações sociais, políticas e econômicas sobre a ilha de Cuba: Essai politique sur l’île de Cuba (1826), com severas críticas ao sistema da escravidão.
Encontrei um único erro neste livro, não sei se da tradução por inadvertência, ou da edição original, por distração, quando aparece uma frase sobre “..a morte Bolívar no final de 1814” (p. 231, da edição brasileira), quando o libertador morreu em 1830.

Paulo Roberto de Almeida 
Brasília, 3042: 23 setembro 2016

quarta-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2016

Um companion book ao pensamento de Raymond Aron, por mais de 100 dolares!!??

Books and Culture

Daniel DiSalvo
The Savior of French Liberalism
Raymond Aron’s work holds lessons for the future of Islam and the West.
February 3, 2016
Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Companion to Raymond Aron, edited by José Cohen and Elisabeth Dutartre-Michaut (Palgrave Macmillan, 304 pp., $110)

Liberalism—defined broadly as a democratically elected regime with a limited government and a market economy that protects individual rights—remains a hotly contested political persuasion in France. Today, libéralisme is associated with “savage capitalism” and the “Anglo-Saxon model.” If someone calls you a liberal in a Left Bank café, he likely means it as an insult.
Such attitudes have deep roots. Over the course of the twentieth century, liberalism had few defenders in Paris and was overshadowed by seductive varieties of nationalism, existentialism, structuralism, surrealism, and Marxism. It wasn’t until the end of the century that the non-liberal alternatives were spent and interest in liberalism was renewed—at least among scholars.
It would be nearly impossible to speak about French liberalism today if Raymond Aron had not kept the flame alight while other philosophical fashions tried to blow it out. Therefore, The Companion to Raymond Aron, edited by José Cohen and Elisabeth Dutartre-Michaut, is a welcome new addition to the work on Aron available in English. It brings to light Aron’s characteristic mode of political reflection, which remained close to political actors’ realistic options and the concerns of citizens—rather than elaborating the sort of high-minded theoretical schemas that often typify French thinking.
Aron’s life tracked the “short” twentieth century. He was born in 1905 just prior to the Great War and the Bolshevik Revolution. He died in 1983 just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. In between, his political judgment was extraordinary. Calling him the “Thucydides of the twentieth century” isn’t an overstatement.
After studying in Germany just prior to the rise of Hitler, Aron adopted the position that Nazism had to be unequivocally opposed. After Paris fell to the Wehrmacht, Aron went into exile in London to join General Charles de Gaulle and the French Resistance. After the war, he consistently championed Western democracy over Soviet totalitarianism. He endorsed the Cold War strategy of undermining and outlasting the Soviet Union. He favored decolonization of French North Africa. During the events of May 1968, he rejected the students’ fantastical utopianism. Throughout his career he championed the basic liberal values of Western civilization. Compared with Jean-Paul Sartre, who got almost all of these questions wrong, Aron looks prophetic.
Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. Aron paid for his good judgment with isolation from French intellectual circles. The Left regularly derided him as a “Cold Warrior,” especially after his most famous book, The Opium of the Intellectuals (1955), exploded the cherished myths of the Left, the proletariat, and the revolution. Soon thereafter, the French Right abandoned him because he favored Algerian independence. Aron’s caustic analysis of the “psychodrama” of May 1968 once again placed him firmly outside the fashionable trends of his time.
Sartre—a former schoolmate and friend, whom he had introduced to German existentialism—quipped that Aron was “unworthy to teach.” Others censured Aron for the “icy clarity” of his analyses, which supposedly lacked compassion. It became a commonplace in French intellectual circles that “it is better to be wrong with Sartre than to be right with Aron.” In that light, Aron’s intellectual fortitude and independent-mindedness were truly remarkable. It was only near the end of his life, in the late 1970s, with publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s work on the Soviet gulag and the revelation of the horrors of Communism in Cambodia and Vietnam, that French opinion shifted in Aron’s favor. He now appeared to have been right all along about the nature of Communism—and much else. Claude Lévi-Strauss called Aron a “teacher of intellectual hygiene.”
The Companion to Raymond Aron is an excellent introduction to the main events of his life and the core themes of his work. The various authors reveal how and why Aron became recognized as one of the world’s most thoughtful analysts of the moral, political, economic, military, and sociological dimensions of modern democracy. His interests ranged from nuclear strategy to Tocqueville.
Primarily known outside France as an analyst of international relations, Aron was one of the first to develop the idea of totalitarianism. He argued that the Nazi and Stalinist regimes were without precedent in human history because they were based on “secular religions.” Each expressed a notion of providential destiny: for the Nazis, the victory of a race; for the Soviets, the victory of a class. These totalizing ideologies were what made these regimes so dangerous. Aron concluded that Marxist-Leninism “as an ideology is the root of all (in the Soviet regime), the source of falsehood, the principle of evil.” Ultimately, the Soviet regime’s attempt to make man into an angel in fact “create a beast,” while the Nazi’s experience showed that “man should not try to resemble a beast of prey because, when he does so, he is only too successful.”
The lessons that Aron drew from the twentieth century were that history is tragic, human freedom fragile, and theories of historical determinism pernicious. In his defense of liberal principles, Aron described himself as an adherent of “democratic conservatism.” Compared with the totalitarian regimes, “we are all the more conservatives because we are liberals who want to preserve something of personal dignity and autonomy.”
Aron sought to distinguish politics as a prosaic activity from the quest for salvation. “Modern society is a democratic society that must be observed without transports of enthusiasm or indignation,” he once remarked. “It is not the ultimate fulfillment of human destiny.” Aron’s outlook was characterized by modesty about what politics could achieve and what one should thereby expect from it. His liberalism fits into the French historical tradition more than the classical liberalism of England or the United States. For instance, Aron did not stress ideas of natural rights, which are the root of American liberal principals.
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris raise profound questions for both France and the Western democracies. How can the West develop a foreign policy that addresses the threats of Islamic terrorism and the reality of evil in the world but doesn’t get trapped trying to transform other regimes through nation-building and social engineering? Aron’s hostility to philosophies of history—such as recent claims about the “end of history” and the democratization of the world—is a powerful reminder that a hard-headed realism about what needs to be done can be combined with a balanced notion of how much can be achieved through political action. The presence in Europe of large numbers of Muslims citizens along with immigrants from the Middle East and Africa means that domestic and foreign policy are closely intertwined. How can France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, simultaneously preserve its own traditions and values and address increasing cultural and religious diversity? How can France integrate its Muslim population while simultaneously taking military action in the very regions from which its immigrant population hails?
These are enormous questions, but Aron provides some helpful guideposts. His skepticism about historical determinism casts doubt on the reigning “secularization” thesis—or dogma. This thesis holds that, as society modernizes, citizens will slowly lose their religious convictions, and those that cling to them will agree to do so exclusively in private. Reading Aron helps to break such spells. A broad understanding of his work would temper optimism about what laïcité (or secularism) can do to transform Europe’s Muslims. Europeans in general—and the French in particular—need to come to terms with the fact that Islam is not likely to follow Christianity’s historical trajectory in Europe. Only then can realistic approaches to religious diversity begin to be developed.

segunda-feira, 27 de julho de 2015

Fidel Castro: uma vida dupla, de mentira, de luxuria, de roubos, e de ditadura - livro

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo

In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba.
Responsible for protecting the Lider maximo for two decades, Juan Reinaldo Sánchez was party to his secret life - because everything around Castro was hidden. From the ghost town in which guerrillas from several continents were trained, to his immense personal fortune - including a huge property portfolio, a secret paradise island, and seizure of public money - as well as his relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners.
Sanchez's tell-all expose reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers. This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 22nd 2014)
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segunda-feira, 6 de abril de 2015

New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Highlights (Book presentation)

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New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Highlights

The New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Highlights
The New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Highlights
A lavishly illustrated ebook (84 pages) on the New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, describing the highlights from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It contains the most important highlights of all centuries displayed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam that re-opened after a major renovation. If you visit Amsterdam and have limited time, do visit this museum; it is a true treasure trove!
Late Rembrandt, the important Rembrandt exhibition also takes place at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam unti the 17th of May 2015. It is recommended to read this guide beforehand so that you will be able to go through the galleries after your visit.
A perfect guide to preparing yourself to your visit and which makes sure that you’ll recognize and fully enjoy the masterworks when visiting the New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Written in an engaging style, the book describes masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age such as The Night Watch and the Jewish Bride by Rembrandt, The Milkmaid and The Woman Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer, and the famous pictures by Jan Steen and Frans Hals, amongst many others. The Jewish Bride and The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers Guild are two of the Late Rembrandt paintings that are on permanent display at the Rijksmuseum. So, should you miss the show (closes mid-May 2015), don’t worry, the permanent exhibition as well as this guide contains quite a few of them!
But the book is not only about the Dutch 17th century. It also describes the highlights of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, the masterpieces of the applied arts like earthenware, furniture and silver, and the exquisite collection of Asian art, displayed in the specially-built Asian pavilion.
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TThe New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam by Amsterdam Publishers - Bestseller on Amazon 

If you read this book before you visit the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, you will be able to fully appreciate and understand the works on display. An excellent introduction by an expert in the field.
Highly recommended before visiting the New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam! The book is also available in French as Rijksmuseum Amsterdam : Les chefs-d’oeuvre – de Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals à Van Gogh.

quinta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2014

Imigracao nos EUA: uma obsessao historica - livro de Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Breaking Through the Partisanship of Broken Borders
Dispelling the Myths on Immigration


The flood of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has rekindled an already heated immigration debate, but will it prompt politicians to make major changes to the nation's immigration laws? Or will they play it safe as midterm elections approach, and hope that immigration issues somehow resolve themselves? And what exactly should immigration policy look like in a free society?

In a defining approach to the hotly debated issue of immigration reform, the award-winning book Global Crossings, by Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, examines the immigrant experience and explores who migrants are, why they move, and who benefits. And as this powerful story unfolds, Vargas Llosa offers reforms that stand as a powerful and humane solution to the flawed plans being offered by politicians.

Global Crossings:Immigration, Civilization, and America
By Alvaro Vargas Llosa

A native of Peru who has lived and worked on three continents, renowned author Vargas Llosa has written an insightful analysis of the cultural, economic, and political ramifications of immigration—one the most enduring phenomena of the human story.

Part historical treatise and part politico-economic analysis—and sprinkled with fascinating anecdotes from his personal experience around the world—Global Crossings is a far-reaching book that will captivate anyone curious about the drama inherent in the age-old quest to make a better life by moving abroad and about the government policies that often thwart that effort.
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2014 Bronze Medal IPPY Award Winner
2014 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award (Independent Book Publishers Association)

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"Alvaro Vargas Llosa's timing is as superb as his book, which lands smack in the middle of a feverish Washington debate over America's most recent arrivals . . . What recommends Global Crossings is that it offers a thoughtful critique of the restrictionists from the standpoint of a fellow conservative."
—The Wall Street Journal

"This compelling book is a must read for anyone on the vital yet contentious issue of immigration. Global Crossings puts a personal face on the issue, superbly arguing that restrictions on the basis of accident of birthplace have no economic or social justification, and in the hands of government are a dangerous infringement on individual liberty and human well-being."
—Daniel L. McFadden, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences; E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

"Using facts, history, logic and his own personal experiences, Alvaro Vargas Llosa vividly demonstrates why immigration is almost always economically, culturally and morally beneficial. Global Crossings is an essential and highly readable, even riveting, tour de force."
—Richard K. Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute. He has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group and among his Independent Institute books, Liberty for Latin America received the Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award and Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit was awarded the Templeton Freedom Award. Former op-ed page editor at the Miami Herald, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Service, Time, and other media, and he has been named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

terça-feira, 15 de julho de 2014

Bretton Woods Forgotten Foundations, a book by Eric Helleiner (Cornell UP)

Preciso comprar, mas ainda está um pouco caro para os meus padrões: vou provavelmente ler de alguma biblioteca universitária e esperar que o preço baixe no Abebooks.
Paulo Roberto de Almeida

Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods

Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods

International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order

Eric Helleiner's new book provides a powerful corrective to conventional accounts of the negotiations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944. These negotiations resulted in the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank—the key international financial institutions of the postwar global economic order. Critics of Bretton Woods have argued that its architects devoted little attention to international development issues or the concerns of poorer countries. On the basis of extensive historical research and access to new archival sources, Helleiner challenges these assumptions, providing a major reinterpretation that will interest all those concerned with the politics and history of the global economy, North-South relations, and international development.
The Bretton Woods architects—who included many officials and analysts from poorer regions of the world—discussed innovative proposals that anticipated more contemporary debates about how to reconcile the existing liberal global economic order with the development aspirations of emerging powers such as India, China, and Brazil. Alongside the much-studied Anglo-American relationship was an overlooked but pioneering North-South dialogue. Helleiner’s unconventional history brings to light not only these forgotten foundations of the Bretton Woods system but also their subsequent neglect after World War II.

Preface 
List of Abbreviations 
International Development and the North-South Dialogue of Bretton Woods 
1. Good Neighbors Prepare the Ground 
2. The First Draft: The Inter-American Bank 
3. A New Approach to Money Doctoring: Cuba 
4. Building Foundations: US Postwar Planning 
5. Strengthening the Foundations: Paraguay 
6. Latin American Backing for Bretton Woods 
7. Development Aspirations in East Asia 
8. Lukewarm and Inconsistent Britain 
9. Enthusiasm from Eastern Europe and India 
The Aftermath and the Forgetting 
 
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"Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods is a beautifully written, elegantly argued, and deeply researched book that shows how development issues played a central role in the formulation of a new approach to international financial and economic coordination at the 1944 United Nations Conference at Bretton Woods. Eric Helleiner demonstrates that what are now large emerging market countries played a substantial part in making the postwar economic order, but that role was then forgotten
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"Eric Helleiner's informed rereading of Bretton Woods is very relevant to current debates about global development after the recent financial crisis. Indeed, this revisionist history constitutes something of an introduction to development economics, retracing their roots in the global South as well as North, along with pre-communist Eastern Europe. It contrasts the distinctive regional orientations of major governments—including the United States and the UK—as they anticipated very divergent
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"Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods is a magnificent book. It reveals a fascinating moment of postwar vision about the importance of cooperation for the global economy and development. The postwar ideas—wrongly swept aside at the time—are timely and relevant for today. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in a genuinely global economy."—Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance, University of Oxford, author of The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers

TitleForgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods
SubtitleInternational Development and the Making of the Postwar Order
EditionFirst Edition
ImprintCornell University Press
BISAC Subject HeadingBUS023000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
POL023000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy
HIS037070 HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
BIC Subject HeadingHBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Audience01 General / trade
Title First Published01 May 2014

FormatHardcover
ISBN-100801452759
ISBN-13978-0-8014-5275-8
GTIN13 (EAN13)9780801452758
Publication Date27 May 2014
PublicationIthaca, United States
Absolute page count320
Dimensions6.1 x 9.3 in.
Weight21 oz.
List Price$39.95