Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925

Hardcover | January 15, 2009

byPeter J. Yearwood

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Peter Yearwood reconsiders the League of Nations, not as an attempt to realize an idea but as an element in the day-to-day conduct of Britain's foreign policy and domestic politics during the period 1914-25. He challenges the usual view that London reluctantly adopted the idea in response to pressure from Woodrow Wilson and from domestic public opinion, and that it was particularly wary of ideas of collective security. Instead he examines how London actively promoted the idea to manage Anglo-Americanrelations in war and to provide the context for an enduring hegemonic partnership. The book breaks new ground in examining how London tried to use the League in the crises of the early 1920s: Armenia, Persia, Vilna, Upper Silesia, Albania, and Corfu. It shows how in the negotiations leading to the Draft Treaty of Mutual Assistance, the Geneva Protocol, and the Locarno accords,Robert Cecil, Ramsay MacDonald, and Austen Chamberlain tried to solve the Franco-German security question through the League. This involves a re-examination of how these leaders tried to use the League as an issue in British domestic politics and why it emerged as central to British foreign policy.Based on extensive, detailed archival research, this book provides a new and authoritative account of a largely misunderstood topic.

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Peter Yearwood reconsiders the League of Nations, not as an attempt to realize an idea but as an element in the day-to-day conduct of Britain's foreign policy and domestic politics during the period 1914-25. He challenges the usual view that London reluctantly adopted the idea in response to pressure from Woodrow Wilson and from domest...

Dr Peter J. Yearwood is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has previously worked for the University of Jos in Nigeria and is Joint Editor of South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226733

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Introduction1. "Give Pause to the Hardiest Aggressor. A Guarantee of Peace, 1914-19172. "Much More than an Organization to Prevent War. Beyond the Guarantee of Peace, 1917-19183. "The Key to the Peace was the Guarantee of the Peace. The Creation of the League, 1918-19194. "In Default of an Immediate Realisation of a True League of Nations. The First Years of the League, 1919-19215. "A Genuine and Energetic League of Nations Policy. Lord Robert Cecil and the Treaty of Mutual Assistance, 1922-19236. "Upholding the Covenant and the Public Law of Europe. The Corfu Crisis of 19237. "The Wiser and Wider Security at which we are Ourselves Aiming. The Labour Government and the Geneva Protocol, 19248. "The Real Dividing Line between the Years of War and the Peace that is to Follow. Towards Locarno, 1924-1925Conclusion