League of Nations 1919

League of Nations 1919

by Gary B. Ostrower

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his political history, Ostrower explains with clarity and authority how horror over WW I's 20 million dead led to the formation of the League of Nations in 1919. It was an institution dedicated to a peaceful and orderly world community and was ultimately based on Enlightenment ideas of natural reason and the inevitability of human progress. Ostrower shows how each of these assumptions was called into question as the League faced a series of world crises. He also points out the inherent paradox of Article 16, which called for "sanctions"-i.e., force-against aggressor states. Because of such problems, plus the organization's inability to prevent WW II, most historians judge the League a failure. But Ostrower describes some notable, nonpolitical successes: slavery was reduced, the narcotics trade restrained, the world's cultural heritage protected and health programs fostered. Ostrower displays balanced judgment throughout a narrative that is both persuasive and well-documented (further helped by a 40-page chronology). And he leaves readers sympathetic to a question fundamental to the founding of the League and one that persists today: Should international cooperation take precedence over national sovereignty? (Mar.)
An illustrated history of the League of Nations' first decade setting the organization's development against the backdrop of World War I and its memberships' efforts to create global peace and security. Ostrower (American history, Alfred U.) chronicles the development of the League, and the major world events which contributed to shaping both its successes and failures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Partners for Peace Series , #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.52(d)

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