This edition of the established reference work provides, in the form of a dictionary, a comprehensive and balanced guide to intergovernmental institutions serving political, military, economic, social and cultural purposes.
The Historical Dictionary of International Organizations provides an overview of the major international organizations (IOs), both intergovernmental and international nongovernmental, of the twentieth century. While the emphasis is on organizations which continue to operate today, important organizations that have ceased to operate are also included. The extensive chronology traces the progression from the first few institutionally uncomplicated bodies to the countless organizations of the present that are often sophisticated, occasionally almost universal, and sometimes even supranational. Many of the most significant organizational leaders are introduced, including officials, pioneers, and founders.