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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter explains how concepts and practices of global governance intertwined modern nation-building and imperialism since the late nineteenth century. The main argument is that multilayered forms of networked governance, now a characteristic of the twenty-first century’s porous borders, are closely connected to colonial power settings. The first section introduces the historical rationale for the interdisciplinary discourse on global governance and limited statehood analysis. Focusing on the coincidence of imperialism and nation-building, the chapter unveils the colonial power settings as a basis for the development of multilayered networked governance. The examples chosen address global governance problems, claims, and discussions that remain as pertinent today. They include the Congo Free State and the period of power transition after World War I with the League of Nations as its main actor. The chapter discusses periods of crises and war, as well as the changing status and entitlements of individuals.

Keywords: global history, United Nations, extraterritoriality, Congo, imperialism, colonialism, League of Nations, Manchukuo, Lytton Commission

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