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The United Nations

Reality and Ideal



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The United Nations by Peter R. Baehr
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The United Nations: Reality and Ideal examines the structure, operation and history of the United Nations. It explains the historical roots of the UN system and its legal and organizational structures and sets out what the organization and its partners do in relation to major global events and issues. This revised and updated edition gives extended attention to peace-maintenance, human rights and economic and social development and examines the special position of the United States.

Author Biography

PETER R. BAEHR is Honorary Professor of Human Rights at Utrecht University. He served as Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the National School of Human Rights Research. He has been Professor of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam. His publications include The Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Universality in Practice. LEON GORDENKER is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University. He has observed the United Nations system from its beginning and has published studies of the UN Secretary-General and Secretariat. He has served in the UN Secretariat and consulted for UN organs. He has also taught in the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland and Uganda.
Release date NZ
September 9th, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
4th ed. 2005
XVIII, 196 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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