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Joseph P Baratta

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Phone: (508) 929-8632
Email: jbaratta@worcester.edu

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. Click here for my page of collected wisdom and quotes about history.

Recent Scholarship
Baratta, Joseph Preston. "World Government or Global Governance: The U.N. Project in Historical Perspective." In Democracy at the United Nations: U.N. Reform in the Age of Globalization. Ed. by Giovanni Finizio and Ernesto Gallo. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013.

Peer review of "Evolutionary World Government," Peace Research: Canadian Journal of Peace & Conflict Studies, 18 January 2013.

Evaluation and report on merit for publication of Nancy Peterson Hill, Grenville Clark: Statesman Incognito: Inside the Life of a Very Private Public Citizen. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2013 (3 June 2013).

"The Complementarity of the Thinking of Kant and Hamilton in the United States." In Kant and Hamilton on Federation. Berlin: Peter Lang, forthcoming.

"A World State Is Inevitable," Review of Alexander Wendt, Social Theory of International Politics. The Federalist Review, 26, 1 (March 2013): 55-58.

"Note on Referral Jurisdiction of the ICJ." The Federalist Debate, 25, 3 (November 2012): 52-53.

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

"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. The Federalist Debate, 23, 3 (November 2010): 7-11.

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.

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)

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.

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 103,104 and 105, World Civilization I, II and III
HI 193 FYS 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

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