A History of UNESCO

Global Actions and Impacts

  • Poul Duedahl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. Introduction

    1. Poul Duedahl
      Pages 3-26
  3. Routes of Knowledge

  4. Rebuilding a World Devastated by War

  5. Experts on the Ground

  6. Implementing Peace in the Mind

  7. Practising World Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Aurélie Élisa Gfeller, Jaci Eisenberg
      Pages 279-299
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-339

About this book


The mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as defined just after the end of World War II, is to construct intellectual and moral solidarity in order to build 'the defenses of peace' in the minds of men and women. The Organization has therefore carried out a considerable amount of mental engineering.

Historians have so far uncovered the roots of many of the soft power initiatives launched to construct sincere solidarity between people, but we still know very little about their impact. In this publication, leading historians within the field trace the routes of selected initiatives from the center to the periphery – from UNESCO's headquarters in Paris to the member states – to assess UNESCO's global impact from World War II and up till today.


education global history history history of science social history social science World History

Editors and affiliations

  • Poul Duedahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-84528-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58120-4
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