Postwar Plans of the United Nations

Postwar Plans of the United Nations

Postwar Plans of the United Nations

Postwar Plans of the United Nations


Much has been written in the past two or three years on the political and economic aims of the Axis Powers. Many recent books deal with National Socialism, Italian Fascism, Japan Co-Prosperity Sphere, and with the "New Order" which they propose to establish in Europe, Africa, Asia, and in other parts of the world. These volumes have clarified for the American people the threat to freedom and peace inherent in totalitarian doctrines and schemes.

On the other hand, writings on the purposes and plans of the United Nations with regard to the postwar world are scanty and spotty. There is no single volume today which gives a general picture of the way in which the members of the United Nations plan to organize their own countries after the war and to co-ordinate their national policies for purposes of international co-operation.

This volume attempts to fill the gap, at least with regard to their domestic plans. It describes the proposals and programs for national or domestic postwar reconstruction which have been formulated by governments and government officials, by organized economic groups -- employers' associations, chambers of commerce, trade unions, etc. -- and by various social groups in the different countries. So far as possible, it presents the economic and social conditions which influence the making of such plans in each country.

The present volume is a factual and objective survey. The task has been to describe and explain, not to judge or evaluate programs.

The writer has been greatly helped by the co-operation of many organizations and agencies in this country -- public and private, American and foreign -- which are concerned with postwar planning. These agencies have kindly supplied their publications as well as unpublished material and have freely given information at their disposal. As far as possible, references are made to these materials in the footnotes to the text. The writer is under special obligation to the National Resources Planning Board for permission to use the materials of its reports and to reprint the table in Chapter 7. It is understood, of course, that none of these agencies is responsible for the use made of the data supplied or of their interpretation in the text.

This study could be completed as planned only owing to the co- operative attitude of the National Resources Planning Board which . . .

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