Planning for Victory – The United Nations
History 300 / September 10, 2013

I. The United Nations at war, 1941-1945

       A. Unconditional surrender as an unconventional goal

       B. Wartime conferences of the Big Three

       C. Wartime meetings of the United Nations

               1. Hot Springs, VA:

                  The UN Conference on Food and Agriculture

                  (May - June 1943)

               2. The UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration

                   (November 1943) = UNRRA

               3. Bretton Woods (July 1944)

               4. Dumbarton Oaks (Aug. – Oct. 1944)

               5. San Francisco (April – June 1945)
II. Creating a structure for the United Nations

       A. Traditions in the codification of international relations

               1. The legalist tradition

               2. The moralist tradition

               3. A pragmatic/institutional tradition?

                      (A “New Deal for the world”?)

       B. Institutions of the new organization [click for the charter]

               1. The General Assembly

               2. The Security Council

               3. The Secretariat and its Secretary-General

               4. An assortment of Special Organizations

       C. Contentious points

               1. Representation of the great powers

               2. Voting powers of the Security Council

               3. UN trusteeships – a new colonial network?

               4. The position of “non-self-governing territories”


Organs of the General Assembly

UN Special Organizations
(coordinated by ECOSOC)

Further reading
Elizabeth Borgwardt, A New Deal for the World: Ameica’s Vision for Human Rights (Cambridge: Harvard/Belknap, 2005)
Patrick J. Hearden, Architects of Globalism: Building a New World Order During World War II (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2002)