Peter J. Yearwood

in Guarantee of Peace

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199226733
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710308 | DOI:

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The introduction explains why the historiography of the League needs to be rethought. Rather than an attempt to realize an abstract idea (usually characterized as ‘collective security’), it was a means by which practical British statesmen tried to deal with pressing problems. Before 1921 the idea was considered almost entirely as part of Anglo‐American relations, and thereafter largely in an Anglo‐French context. British League policy has to be regarded not as a concession to idealism but as part of the general development of British foreign policy, also taking into account the domestic political calculations of the leading British statesmen. The book will take the form of an authoritative narrative intended to be the starting point for further debate.

Keywords: rethinking; League historiography; ideal/practical; collective security; renewed debate

Chapter.  2857 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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