Fighting World Government: Revisiting the Grassroots Campaigns Against the UN and Liberal Internationalism in Postwar America

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Humanities Quadrangle

Cost: Free but register in advance
320 York Street
New Haven CT 06511


This talk recovers the history of a grassroots American “sovereigntist” movement that battled against US involvement in the UN and other liberal internationalist institutions and agreements during the postwar era. With its origins in the period after WWI and its ideological inspirations from Christian fundamentalism and constitutional nationalism, the sovereigntist movement developed a unique imaginary of foreign policy and launched political battles battle against “World Government.” The history of the sovereigntist movement offers a new vantage point on the politics of the US role in the world after WWII.

Open To:

General Public


International Security Studies, Talks and Lectures, Ypsa


Jennifer Mittelstadt, Professor of History at Rutgers University


Co-sponsored by the International Security Studies


Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism