Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

Neuerscheinung: Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the Decolonisation of Africa. Von Henning Melber

14. Oktober 2019


London: Hurst Publishers 2019
Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019

In 1953 Dag Hammarskjöld became the second Secretary-General of the United Nations - the highest international civil servant. Before his mission was cut short by a 1961 plane crash in then Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), he used his office to act on the basis of anti-hegemonic values, including solidarity and recognition of otherness. The dubious circumstances of Hammarskjöld's death have received much attention, including a new official investigation, but have perhaps overshadowed his diplomatic legacy - one that has often been hotly contested.

Henning Melber explores the years of African decolonisation during which Hammarskjöld was in office, investigating the scope and limits of his influence within the context of global governance. He paints a picture of a man with strong guiding principles, but limited room for manoeuvre, colliding with the essential interests of the big powers as the 'wind of change' blew over the African continent. His book is a critical contribution to the study of international politics and the role of the UN in the Cold War. It is also a tribute to the achievements of a cosmopolitan Swede. (Verlag)

Prof. Dr. Henning Melber ist Director Emeritus der schwedischen Dag-Hammarskjöld-Stiftung und Senior Research Fellow am Institute of Commonwealth Studies der University of London. Er war mehrfach zu Gast im Kulturwissenschaftlichen Kolleg Konstanz, zuletzt von April bis Mai 2018.