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The League of Nations and the Imperial Order: Contest or Collusion

We think of the First World War as a European War, but in the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific territories also changed hands. At the Paris Peace conference, the victorious allies reluctantly agreed to administer the former German colonies and Ottoman Middle East provinces under “mandate” from the newly formed League of Nations. This lecture explains what that international regime meant – for the people living in mandated territories; for the League itself; and for the imperial order more generally. It recovers the League’s important role in the end of empire and the emergence of a state-centered world.

Date & Time

Monday
Mar. 7, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

We think of the First World War as a European War, but in the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific territories also changed hands.  At the Paris Peace conference, the victorious allies reluctantly agreed to administer the former German colonies and Ottoman Middle East provinces under “mandate” from the newly formed League of Nations.  This lecture explains what that international regime meant – for the people living in mandated territories; for the League itself; and for the imperial order more generally.  It recovers the League’s important role in the end of empire and the emergence of a state-centered world.

Susan Pedersen is Morris Professor of British History at Columbia University.  A historian of British and international politics, she has written on subjects ranging from the evolution of welfare states, to the impact of women’s movements, to imperial administration between the wars.  The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and others, in 2014 she delivered the Ford Lectures at Oxford University. Her new book, The Guardians:  The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015) has just been awarded the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature.

The Washington History Seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.wilsoncenter.org/collection/washington-history-seminar for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for their support.

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program strives to make public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, to facilitate scholarship based on those records, and to use these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

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