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The League of Nations' Work on Social Issues

Visions, Endeavours and Experiments

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This edited volume offers a fresh look into the history of the League of Nations. It uses the League of Nations' involvement in social issues as a unique prism for understanding the League's development, as well as the development of interwar international relations more generally. Off the beaten path of diplomatic history, this perspective allows the authors to trace less familiar actors and unexpected alliances. It enables contributors to reassess the League's impact on European societies, their colonial possessions, and non-European states. As such, it also marks a paradigm shift in the League's Eurocentric historiography toward one that acknowledges its global reach.

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Acknowledgements

This book grew out of a 2013 symposium organised by Magaly Rodríguez García, in cooperation with Edith Siegenthaler and Elife Biçer-Deveci from the University of Bern, and Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert from the United Nations Officin Geneva (UNOG). Theinput of the UN personnel was truly great, not only for securing logistical and financialsupport for the symposium but also for the encouragement and coordination of the subsequent publication process. Without their professional and friendly assistance we would not have been able to arrange the symposium at the Palais des Nations in Geneva nor produce this volume in coordination with the UN Publications Officin New York. Many thanks to all those who participated in the symposium and whose interventions contributed to the further development of this publication.

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