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.



The league of nations and the Rockefeller foundation: International activism in public health

The League of Nations Health Organization (LNHO) played a fundamental role in stabilisation policies during the interwar period. Public health became essential in this historical context due to the immediate consequences of the war, the post-war economic crisis and the Great Depression. The LNHO was the cornerstone of international action in several health fields:epidemics, the fightagainst malnutrition and infectious diseases, infant mortality, drug abuse, biological and dietary standard-setting, compilation of epidemiological records, and public health policies and professionalisation. In the process of shaping international health expertise, the LNHO’s collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation’s International Health Board/Division was extremely important, both in determining goals and programmes, and in terms of financialsupport. Thischapter analyses the areas and extent of collaboration between the two institutions.


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