Joseph P Baratta
Office: Sullivan 327K
Phone: (508) 929-8632
PhD, Boston University (1982)
MAT Boston University (1991)
BA, St. John’s College (1969)
Areas of Specialization
History and International Relations. I am a historian of the world federalist movement and of efforts to strengthen the United Nations. I was classically educated at St. John's College, Annapolis, MD, where we read the great books as our texts. That form of liberal education still influences my teaching. My doctoral dissertation traced the origins of the world government movement, 1937-1947. I directed the U.N. office of the World Federalists in 1985-88. I have served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a ranch hand, carpenter, mason, electronics technician, technical writer, computer programmer, and peace activist.
Baratta, Joseph Preston. “A World State Is Inevitable,” Review of Alexander Wendt, Social Theory of International Politics. The Federalist Review, forthcoming.
-------. “Note on Referral Jurisdiction of the ICJ.” The Federalist Debate, forthcoming.
-------. Biographies for the web site of the World Citizens Association, www.worldcitizensunited.org:
Arnold Toynbee, World Historian
Stringfellow Barr, Scott Buchanan, World Educators
John Boyd Orr, World Nutritionist
Grenville Clark, World Federalist
Henry Usborne, World Politician
Lionel Curtis, World Citizen
Lionel Robbins, World Economist
Lord Lothian, World Citizen
Louis B. Sohn, World Lawyer
Jack Whitehouse, Harris Wofford, Cord Meyer, World Federalist Youth
-------. Guided efforts to establish a World Federalist Movement archive at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012).
-------. Was filmed by an Italian videographer about the career of G.A. Borgese, the moving spirit of the University of Chicago’s Committee to Frame a World Constitution (2011).
-------. Was interviewed by a historian at SUNY Purchase on a book she is writing about the Vietnam Veterans against the War (2011).
-------. Convened a five-part series of discussions, with St. John’s College alumni, on Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra (2011).
-------. Built an historical display of abandoned farm equipment along a roadside in Maine (2010).
-------. “Opinion on World Government in the U.S.A.” Review of Thomas G. Weiss. What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It. Foreword by Sir Brian Urquhart. Polity Press, 2008.
-------. Peer review of Lucio Levi’s article, “Global Governance and Its Limitations. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, www.eolss.net. Section on World System History, ed. by George Modelski. 24 October 2010.
-------. “A Stage in the Formation of World Citizenry.” Review of Lawrence S. Wittner, The Struggle against the Bomb: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 3 vols. (Stanford, 1993, 1997, 2003), and Confronting the Bomb (Stanford, 2009). The Federalist Debate, 22, 3 (November 2009): 56–58.
-------. “World Law, World Peace through,” “World Federalist Theory,” “World Federation,” “World History and Arnold Toynbee.” Articles in Nigel Young, ed. International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010).
My book, The Politics of World Federation, was referred to prominently by Thomas G. Weiss in his February 2010 presidential address to the International Studies Association, which appeared in print in Thomas G. Weiss, "What Happened to the Idea of World Government?" International Studies Quarterly (2009) 53: 253-271.
My publications include:
The Politics of World Federation.
Vol.1: The United Nations, U.N. Reform, Atomic Control.
Vol. 2: From World Federalism to Global Governance (Praeger, 2004)
For the text of the introduction to this new book, please see:
The United Nations System: Meeting the World Constitutional Crisis (Oxford: ABC-Clio, 1995)
"Of Global Democracy and Global Government," The Federalist Debate, 21:1 (March 2008): 43-46.
"Toward Global Governance," Peace and Change (July, 1999): 340-72.
Monographs funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace on international verification, peacekeeping, arbitration, and human rights; articles on the Baruch plan, Grenville Clark, the Kellogg-Briand pact.
Professor Baratta's Curriculum Vitae (CV).
HI 103 and 104, World Civilization I and II
HI 193 FA 23 Promise of the United Nations
HI 204 History of Science and Technology
HI 224 and 225 English History I and II
PO/ HI 201 and 202 International Relations I and II