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.



A category “easy to liquidate”: The league of nations, Russian refugee children in the 1920s and the history of humanitarianism

This chapter looks at the work of the League of Nation’s High Commission for Refugees with child refugees from the Russian Civil War. It evaluates the HCR’s principles and working practices and addresses the debate on whether the interwar period contributed to or defineda new form of humanitarianism, which was a precursor of the human rights regime in the post-war era. Two diffeent schemes are examined: giving control over the children’s education to a British organisation, and sending them to France to work on farms, helping in the post-war reconstruction of agriculture. Thechapter suggests that the work of the HCR was often arbitrary, paternalistic and controlling, and little influencedby ideas of rights or respect for the agency and choices of refugees


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