Training for world citizenship: internationalist education between the wars

Helen McCarthy

in The British People and the League of Nations

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719086168
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702659 | DOI:
Training for world citizenship: internationalist education between the wars

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This chapter reviews the League of Nations Union's (LNU) popular support in Britain's schools, adult education bodies and universities. The campaign to internationalise the school curriculum was amongst the most successful ventures of the interwar League movement. The LNU drew leverage from the League's own endeavours in the sphere of ‘intellectual cooperation’. The League's own activities in the educational sphere provided an important source of leverage which helped the LNU to translate the power of these ideals into concrete institutional backing and innovative classroom practice. Educational provision in Britain was highly decentralised between the wars. The LNU was able to leverage the authority of the League as a means of bestowing legitimacy upon its educational aims. Coverage of the League in the curriculum could vary wildly between schools. Teaching ‘world citizenship’ did not fundamentally challenge the integrative role of the education system.

Keywords: League of Nations Union; Britain; school curriculum; schools; education system; educational provision; wars

Chapter.  13145 words. 

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