Between Anarchy and Society: Trusteeship and the Obligations by William Bain

By William Bain

The foreign management of bothered states - no matter if in Bosnia, Kosovo, or East Timor - has noticeable a go back to the primary of trusteeship; that's while a few type of foreign supervision is needed in a selected territory so as either to keep up order and to foster the norms and practices of reasonable self-government. Drawing on historical past, legislations, and diplomacy thought, William Bain provides an authoritative and forceful account of this important and misunderstood phenomenon.

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14. 63–4, 25–44. 40 THE OBLIGATIONS OF POWER The totality of this error compounded the effects of a defective national character that Grant described as mired in ignorance and the excesses of unfettered avarice and appetite. ’114 Grant offered no account of life in Bengal or of its people that did not involve the categorical condemnation of what he regarded as a baneful and, indeed, pernicious system of law and religion. He understood law and religion in Bengal as expressing a single unified system of authority, a system whose authenticity was confirmed by a (false) claim of divine origin.

31, mf. 63–64, 76, 91; Cairns, Prelude to Imperialism, 192–8; F. D. Lugard, The Dual Mandate of Africa, 4th edn. (London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1929), 215; and ‘Charter of the United Nations’, in A. Roberts and B. ), United Nations, Divided World (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 520. 26 INTRODUCTION peoples from the machinations and rapacity of outsiders. For the history of this encounter is often told as a sordid tale of unscrupulous traders, dealing in firearms, liquor, and slaves, who were driven by the impulse of personal enrichment.

The perfection of the Christian religion certainly impressed David Livingstone, but he believed that the salvation of Africa depended also on the introduction of legitimate commerce. Lord Lugard recommended that the African be instructed in the qualities of responsibility, initiative, fair-play, discipline, and justice–qualities that were required of a people who were fit to be self-governing. 73 The many ends of trusteeship surely came into conflict from time to time. For example, acolytes of utilitarianism understood enlightenment quite differently than the apostles of Christianity.

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