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World federalism

Stichting Film en Wetenschap
Number of interviews: 17 (17 personen)
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcripts: none
Period of interviews: 1992-1995

Type interview: scientific

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Sound & Vision. Digitization can, however, be requested from Sound & Vision via: 

Medium: 27 cassette tapes

Peter Davidse, development economist and world federalist, talks to Dutch, American (Gaff, Garves, Millard, Logue and Nelson) and English (Waterlow) representatives of the World Federalist Movement (WFB) about this movement in general and the local sections in particular. Discussed are the personal backgrounds of the distinguished individuals, their introduction to World Federalism and their activities within it.


The WFB came into existence shortly after the war in 1946 and seeks the establishment of a federal world government based on an international rule of law, equipped with powers to
maintenance of international peace and security. At the level of nation-states there should be general disarmament, except for a minimal power to maintain domestic order. World federalists have always seen the United Nations as an instrument for their efforts.


Another interesting collection on world federalism can be found on the Sound and Vision website. Here a talk program can be seen at the end of the tenth congress World Federalism at the Kurhaus hotel in Scheveningen. in a discussion panel led by Prof. Dr. J.L. van Holk discussed peace issues, UN police force (UN troops), development aid and nuclear weapons.