Historical dictionary of the United Nations /
Jacques Fomerand.
New ed.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
cix, 571 p. : ill.
0810854945 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810854949 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
0810854945 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810854949 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: Historical dictionary of the United Nations / by A. LeRoy Bennett. c1995.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-569).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-05-01:
At more than triple the length of its 1995 predecessor, this volume by Fomerand-a recognized expert on the UN who directed the United Nations University Office in North America and is currently a professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York-addresses recent events deemed critical to understanding the past, present, and future of the UN's. An indispensable guide to acronyms and abbreviations prefaces the book, followed by a brief chronology of UN milestones. A lengthy introduction reviews the essential background on the growth of the various subagencies and the organization as a whole and offers the timely reminder that the UN was initially developed as an instrument to prevent war. The UN's history is not all successes, of course; there have been failures, longstanding criticisms, and frequent calls for reform. Fomerand examines these differences equally. The dictionary itself consists of concise, informative entries that examine key figures, organs, operations, events, and general terms. Cross references are in bold and are easily distinguished from the capitalized, related references. Given the profiles and accomplishments of the various secretaries-general, longer entries on these men would be helpful. Six appendixes round out the volume; the first contains the entire charter of the organization and is followed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a membership time line, a partial budget summary, an organizational chart, operational and treaty time lines, and lastly an extensive, thematically grouped bibliography that serves as an excellent starting point for more serious readers. Despite some shortfalls (e.g., the 15 photographs at the center of the book are dark and shadowy, and some charts are reproduced on a small scale that may challenge the eyes), this volume improves upon the original and is recommended for larger collections.-Daniel Sifton, Cariboo Regional Dist. Lib., Williams Lake, B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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suitable for large public and academic libraries.
This highly useful volume offers not merely definitions but also a concise direction finder to the institutions and policies of the United Nations put together during six decades of tangled international history. Guided by long UN experience, Fomerand treats this complexity with accuracy, directness and objectivity.
Fomerand (government, City U. of New York) updates this 900-entry reference to include the latest developments in governance of the UN as well as its actions as a premier peacekeeper and humanitarian institution. Entries include historical events and characters and Fomerand provides careful assessments of exactly how well UN agencies have succeeded in their efforts. He provides fundamental documents, a chronology, a very helpful list of acronyms and abbreviations, and succinct biographies and reading lists.
...has more than 900 brief entries for the UN's committees and organizations, leaders, terms, policies, and major events....The author has extensive firsthand UN experience. indispensable guide...this volume improves upon the original and is recommended...
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Long Description
Consisting of 192 Member States, the United Nations was founded in 1945 to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations based on the respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples; to achieve international cooperation in solving problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character; and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion. Just how successful the UN has been in maintaining these goals is covered in the new edition of the Historical Dictionary of the United Nations. Author Jacques Fomerand provides a comprehensive dictionary of nearly 900 cross-referenced entries on the UN's various committees and organizations, its leaders, terms, policies, and major events in which the UN took part. Supplementing the dictionary entries are a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, photographs, a list of acronyms and abbreviations used in the dictionary, and appendixes, which include a reproduction of the UN's Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as a list of the Member States and when they joined.

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