Einstein\'s Political Priorities: World Government

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Abstract

Although Einstein emerged as a leading spokesman for pacifism in 1930, his political views already underwent a major shift even before Hitler came to power in January 1933. Disappointment with negotiations at the 1932 Disarmament Conference in Geneva led him to the conclusion that the only hope of averting a major war was the creation of a strong world government. Only after the Second World War did he have the opportunity to promote this political cause, however, partly by taking advantage of his event image as “grandfather of the bomb.” Though he in fact played no significant part in the events that led up to the Manhattan project, in the wake of Hiroshima he became an active spokesman calling for control of nuclear weapons through the creation of an international organization that would serve as a stepping stone to world government. David Rowe, politics, world government, pacifists, Hiroshima, Anatomy of Peace,