Self-determination and the NOW
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This chapter is an attempt to present a genealogy of the idea of self-determination as it is demonstrated in the record of the first and second new world orders (NWOs). It shows the relationship of those historical musings to the current debate during the third and current NWO. The 1920s and 1930s saw a host of attempted revisions of the issues raised by the issue of self-determination at the Paris Peace Conference. The ideas of human rights and self-determination were and are inextricably linked as part of the 'Enlightenment/Romantic Project' to liberate humankind from the fetters of feudalism, ignorance and oppression. The democratic conception of self-determination will not bring human rights to the population in the way intended by Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.

Failed imagination?

The Anglo-American new world order from Wilson to Bush (Second edition)

Editor: Andrew Williams


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