League of Nations 1919

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The destruction caused by World War I was unprecedented in global history - millions had perished, the earth's most prosperous continent had been ravaged, and confidence in a better future had been shattered. Had the optimism and spirit that characterized industrialized civilization died in the trenches? There was finally peace, but was there hope? While it is easy to argue that the twentieth century has been the most destructive age in history, it is important to look at and understand the movement among nations...
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The destruction caused by World War I was unprecedented in global history - millions had perished, the earth's most prosperous continent had been ravaged, and confidence in a better future had been shattered. Had the optimism and spirit that characterized industrialized civilization died in the trenches? There was finally peace, but was there hope? While it is easy to argue that the twentieth century has been the most destructive age in history, it is important to look at and understand the movement among nations to secure lasting peace that took shape during this period. It is this story that is brilliantly chronicled in the Partners for Peace series. Out of the suffering of World War I was born a movement that sought to have all nations cooperate and to eliminate war from the globe forever. American President Woodrow Wilson was the dynamic leader of this crusade, and his words - later embodied in the Covenant of the League of Nations - gave stirring voice to humankind's ancient dream. It was hoped that the League of Nations would defend world peace and bring about international cooperation, the rule of law, and amity among nations. This volume covers the first decade of the League of Nations - from 1919 to 1929 - a time when its image was bright and its dreams unlimited. Author Gary Ostrower recounts these exciting years, providing readers with a variety of perspectives from which to understand this period. Ostrower's incisively written essay examines the birth and development of the League. Special insets throughout the text highlight pivotal incidents, key documents offer the words that made history, and numerous photographs recapture the spirit of a time past. Ostrower's book also offers a chronology of major world events so that League history and the wider global context are interwoven. He demonstrates why great visions are important, and why the crusade for a better world would continue to have a major impact on the twentieth century.
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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.)
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895296368
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/1996
  • Series: Partners for Peace Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
1 Setting the Scene 1
2 Infancy 27
3 Violations 43
4 Germany and Locarno 59
5 Disarmament, Minorities, and Mandates 71
6 To the End of the Decade 83
7 The Nonpolitical Agencies 95
8 Success Within Failure 113
Chronology 119
Bibliography 161
About the Author 169
Index 171
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