Cultural Internationalism and World Order by Akira IriyeCultural Internationalism and World Order by Akira Iriye

Cultural Internationalism and World Order

byAkira Iriye

Paperback | August 30, 2000

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As the nineteenth century became the twentieth and the dangers of rampant nationalism became more evident, people throughout the world embraced the idea that a new spirit of internationalism might be fostered by better communication and understanding among nations. Cultural internationalism came into its own after the end of World War I, when intellectuals and artists realized that one way of forging a stable and lasting international peace was to encourage international cultural exchange and cooperation.

In Cultural Internationalism and World Order, noted historian Akira Iriye shows how widespread and serious a following this idea had. He describes a surprising array of efforts to foster cooperation, from the creation of an international language to student exchange programs, international lecture circuits, and other cultural activities. But he does not overlook the tensions the movement encountered with the real politics of the day, including the militarism that led up to the World War I, the rise of extreme strains of nationalism in Germany and Japan before World War II, and the bipolar rivalries of the Cold War.

Iriye concludes that the effort of cultural internationalism can only be appreciated only in the context of world politics. A lasting and stable world order, he argues, cannot rely just on governments and power politics; it also depends upon the open exchange of cultures among peoples in pursuing common intellectual and cultural interests.

Akira Iriye is professor in the Department of History at Harvard University. His many books include The Globalizing of America, Across the Pacific: An Inner History of American-East Asian Relations, and China and Japan in the Global Setting.
Title:Cultural Internationalism and World OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.57 inPublished:August 30, 2000Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1: The Internationalist Imagination

Chapter 2: The Origins of Cultural Internationalism

Chapter 3: The Separation of Culture from Internationalism

Chapter 4: The Cultural Foundations of the New Globalism

Conclusion: Toward a Cultural Definition of International Relations



Editorial Reviews

Iriye has added a quiet (and overdue) polemic for liberal values. He forces us to consider the importance of environmentalists, journalists, students, artists, scholars, and musicians who flow between cultures, mitigating the rhetoric of national leaders and the menacing accumulation of troops and arms.