The League of Nations

The League of Nations

by Ruth Henig

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Overview

Ninety years ago, the League of Nations convened for the first time, hoping to create a safeguard against destructive, world-wide war by settling disputes through diplomacy. This book looks at how the League was conceptualized and explores the multifaceted body that emerged. This new form for diplomacy was used in ensuing years to counter territorial ambitions and restrict armaments, as well as to discuss human rights and refugee issues. The League’s failure to prevent World War II, however, would lead to its dissolution and the subsequent creation of the United Nations. As we face new forms of global crisis, this timely book asks if the UN’s fate could be ascertained by reading the history of its predecessor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910376782
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: Makers of the Modern World Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Ruth Henig is a historian and former Labour Party politician. She is now Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Preface ix

1 One Vision - Many Approaches 1

2 The Drafting of the Covenant, Paris, 1919 22

3 A Faltering Start 49

4 Conciliation or Coercion? The Development of the League in the 1920s 69

5 The League and Disarmament 102

6 The Manchurian Crisis, 1931-3 127

7 The Abyssinian Disaster 147

8 The League and the Development of International Society 167

9 The League is Dead: Long Live the United Nations 186

Notes 192

President Wilson's Fourteen Points 207

Founder Members of the League 211

Further Reading 212

Bibliography 218

Index 227

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