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The United States and the World Court, 1920-35

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Michael DunneSchool of English and American Studies, University of Sussex

ISBN13: 9780861879717
ISBN: 0861879716
Published: October 1988
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This book deals with the history of the relations between the United States and the Permanent Court of International Justice - the former World Court. Its central theme is why, how and when the US government proposed to join the Court and, ultimately, drew back.;The point of chronological departure is the close of World War I, the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, and the drafting of the Court's Statute in 1920 under the auspices of the League of Nations.;The US Senate failed to approve American adherence to the Court in 1935 and a central concern of the book is to explore the topic of American isolationism and its relationship to the outbreak of World War II. The text may also be read as a history of the League of Nations and the author reveals the disingenuous purposes for which fine ideals were manipulated under its name.;A concluding chapter examines the period 1935-85 and draws some general conclusions about the conduct of American foreign policy in the mid to late 20th century.

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The United States and the first World Court - history and historiography; League Court-Root Court - the United States and the establishment of the PCIJ, 1919-1920; back door to the League - the Court in US-League relations, 1920-1923; the most intimate connection - the Court, the League and the advisory jurisdiction, 1922-1925; reservations, understandings and conditions - the US Senate's terms for adherence, 1925-1926; textual language and political meanings - the League, the Court and the United States, 1926-1931; legal phrases and active forces - the Austro-German Customs Union adjudication, the divided League and Roosevelt's ""New Deal"", 1931-1934; basic differences - the Senate, the Roosevelt administration and the Court defeat, 1934-1935; retrospect and prospect - the United States and the two World Courts.