By William Bain

The overseas management of stricken states - even if in Bosnia, Kosovo, or East Timor - has noticeable a go back to the primary of trusteeship; that's while a few kind of foreign supervision is needed in a specific territory so as either to take care of order and to foster the norms and practices of reasonable self-government. Drawing on heritage, legislation, and diplomacy idea, William Bain offers an authoritative and forceful account of this significant and misunderstood phenomenon.

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INTRODUCTION 23 proponents of trusteeship believed that the advanced peoples must assume responsibility for the well-being of backward peoples. This responsibility arises, not out of pride or avarice, but out of obligation; for those who are in possession of clear sight and true knowledge must guide those who are shrouded in darkness. 66 This claim did not embrace pure altruism while disavowing the pursuit of advantage. 67 The idea of trusteeship is unavoidably concerned with the justification of power; it supposes that dominion entails great responsibility, and, to that extent, it stands as an unequivocal repudiation of domination and exploitation.

And it is to these men that the well-being of the republic should be entrusted. 61 In the well-founded republic, all that is good and desirable in life depends on the strict maintenance of class integrity. So where Socrates assures Glaucon that 60 Plato, Republic, trans. R. Waterfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), 60. 61 Ibid. 196–212. 22 INTRODUCTION no great harm will follow when a shoemaker imitates a carpenter, he warns that disaster awaits the entire community if the unqualified person attempts to enter the ruling class.

Langford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981), 395; and Marshall, ‘Introduction’, 36. 97 These conclusions implied a rather different principle against which to judge the Company's claim to rule: dominion depended not only on the possession of chartered rights granted by Parliament, but, as well, on the extent to which the welfare and prosperity of its native subjects coincided with the Company's rule. The underlying justification of this principle was most eloquently articulated in Burke's celebrated speech in support of Charles Fox's motion to abolish the Company's dominion in India.

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