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 league of its own? The league of nations’ child welfare committee (1919-1936) and international monitoring of child welfare policies

This chapter deals with the transnational dimension which has governed the emergence of child welfare policies, focusing on the role played by international organisations in the dissemination and discussion of global child welfare measures and models. It traces the influenceof a specific agency – the League of Nations’ Child Welfare Committee – focusing on its genesis after WW1 in relation to a growing concern over the issue of child welfare among western nations, and its internal dynamics during the interwar years. Theanalysis of the committee’s work unveils the complex mechanisms of competition and collaboration between intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and their respective members and delegates in the effot to establish a centre of expertise on child welfare and circulate best practices at a global level. Grounded in the archival records of several organisations represented on this committee, the chapter shows how the League’s institutional framework offeed new opportunities to devise and promote Western standards of child protection, suggesting a re-evaluation of its influenceand impact on contemporary social and educational policy-making processes.


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