The United States and International Organization

The United States and International Organization

The Changing Setting

Edited by Lawrence S. Finkelstein

A thoughtful study of the problems facing foreign policy makers.





A thoughtful study of the problems facing foreign policy makers.

This special issue of International Organization probes the relationship between the United States and multilateral organizations. It highlights the major choices the United States will confront during the next decade.

The editor of the collection, Lawrence S. Finkelstein, was a participant in the conference that formed the United Nations, was for many years Vice President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and had been since 1967 Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandies University.

Finkelstein's own essay and that of Vermon Aspaturian maintain that the United States had a relatively easy role in peace keeping in the less sophisticated days of Soviet policy under Stalin. But the changing nature of Communist opposition, the rapid growth of the international constituency, and the misfortunes of U.S. intervention in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam make her relationships with fellow members of NATO, OAS, and the developing countries more tenuous.

"RFD" urges that, in the face of the limited effectiveness of peace-keeping organizations and pressures for unilateral action within the United States as within every country, our leaders should look to means of strengthening the U.N and act multilaterally in a hungry world.

Other studies in this book are Joseph Nye's examination of the issues of regional organization and an essay by David Kay about the literature on "United States Policy and International Organizations."

The book is a thoughtful study of the problems facing foreign policy makers. It is recommended to anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of what constitutes international crises and the fundamental choices to be made.

Other Contributors Vernon V. Aspaturian, Patricia W. Blair, Lincon P. Bloomfield, Inis L. Claude, Jr., Louis Henkin, David A. Kay, Peter B. Kenen, and Joseph S. Nye. And a final article has been contributed by a well qualified authority who adopts the pseudonym "RFD" as a means of anonymity.


ISBN: 9780262060349 216 pp. |


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Lawrence S. Finkelstein


  • One of the intellectual children of Johannes Müller, along with Hermann von Helmholtz, Emil du Bois-Reymond pioneered electrophysiology, advanced a materialistic analysis of life, and rose to prominence as a political force in German science. He became an advocate of Darwinian theory, yet cautioned his colleagues: there were limitations to scientific knowledge, especially explanations of consciousness. Gabriel Finkelstein, utilizing many untapped archival sources, has reconstructed the accomplishments of du Bois-Reymond in fine and fluid detail. He places this extraordinary scientist and cultural arbiter within the context of the blistering disputes among German mandarins. Finkelstein has composed a model intellectual and cultural history of the last half of the nineteenth century.

    Robert J. Richards

    Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

  • Gabriel Finkelstein presents us with a beautifully written and thoroughly researched scholarly biography; a comprehensive account of the life, times, and impact of the great neurophysiologist Emil du Bois-Reymond. It fills a major gap in the historiography of late-nineteenth century biomedical science. The chapter on Goethe and Darwin shows the broad scope not only of Du Bois-Reymond's intellectual abilities, but also Finkelstein's.

    Nicolaas Rupke

  • In writing this insightful, thoroughly researched biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond, Gabriel Finkelstein has done an immense service not just to historians of science but to anyone interested in nineteenth-century European culture. A first-rate historian and engaging storyteller, Finkelstein recreates the world of a brilliant, witty intellectual whose innovative experiments made modern neurophysiology possible. Finkelstein takes the reader through every aspect of du Bois-Reymond's science: his self-designed instruments, his political battles, and his obstreperous frogs. In doing so, Finkelstein shows how politics (both national and academic) and the arts permeate science, and how science drives culture as an intellectual endeavor.

    Laura Otis

    Emory University

  • In this wonderful biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond, among the most important if least heralded scientists of the nineteenth century, Gabriel Finkelstein evokes a past when science and public life went hand in hand and one man could create a scientific field. Bold, carefully etched, full of telling details rendered against a rich contextual background, Finkelstein's beautifully written book makes compelling reading.

    Helmut Walser Smith

    Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History, Vanderbilt University