Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 8, No 2 (2015)

Jaime Torres Bodet and the intellectual/international cooperation of postwar

Alexandra Cristina Pita


History of UNESCO and particularly of his early life, has been insufficiently unexplored. In this sense, the article studie the ideas of the second Director or this organization, the Mexican Jaime Torres Bodet, during the 1940s and early 1950s. Speciflically, it try to explain how the term Intellectual Cooperation is being replaced by International Cooperation and why this change was related to a new meaning of education. For this reason, it is emphasized a perspective or continuity rather than a brake between the new organization and his predecesor. This means, support the perspective which states that the early beginnings of UNESCO were made under assumptions of Intellectual Cooperation. Then, to understand the history of the organization of the early 40's it is needed to understand the role of its predecessors and ideas on "cultural internationalism”. To make this work , we use as a primary source documentary The official publication of the organism, El Correo, and the memories of Torres Bodet.


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