The history of the League of Nations is currently undergoing a
renaissance. This network provides the opportunity to trace developments in this fast-paced and
emergent field, and for scholars to exchange their work and ideas.
The collapse of the bi-polar world order in the late eighties, combined with the emergence
of the field of global history and the opening of key archives, prompted academics and
policy-makers alike to return to the League in order to see how this earlier international
organization sought to address problems of geopolitical competition and transnational risk that
are similar to those we face today.
The greatly under-used archive of the League of Nations has become the foundation for much
of this new research. Exploitation of these archives, combined with research in other private
and organizational archives and collaborative research projects, has yielded new scholarly
insights into the history of the League and the internationalism. These pages are intended to
provide a way in to these new histories.
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full archive of news that has been presented on this website.
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International Conference "Subversive Networks", Heidelberg 4-6 December 2014 - November 10 2014 The international conference "Subversive Networks. Actors of Change in International Organizations, 1920-1960" will take place on Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 December 2014 at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University (Karl-Jaspers-Centre, Voßstr. 2, Building 4400).
For details see: Conference website
New article on the League of Nations Secretariat - October 21 2014 A new article on the League of Nations Secretariat by Klaas Dykmann has just been published in the International History Review (October 2014): "How international was the Secretariat of the League of Nations.”
For details see: Taylor & Francis Online article
Call for Abstracts - July 01 2013 Workshop: Equal but Different? Interwar Internationalism and its Others
A workshop of the SNSF-research project “Human Rights, Women's Movement and the League of Nations“.
With Francisca de Haan, Central European University in Budapest and Daniel Laqua, Northumbria University (UK), organized by Elife Biçer-Deveci und Edith Siegenthaler.
Friday, 18 October 2013, University of Berne
In the interwar period, many international organizations were founded, all of which were deeply rooted within the internationalist movement. These organizations tried to use the newly founded League of Nations as a platform to negotiate their concerns and requests. “Internationalism” as a concept structured debates and mediated between different actors. The concept of “internationalism” contained the ideal of equal actors cooperating for a better world. But in reality, the international sphere was not filled with equal partners but marked by inequalities and power relations.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the following questions: How were these international inequalities addressed and dealt with in a discursive field that claimed the equality of all contributing actors? How did the actors themselves explain differences and inequalities? How were differences created and preserved and what opportunities did the concept of “internationalism” offer to overcome these inequalities? How did international women’s organizations, which stressed women’s solidarity throughout the world, distinguish themselves from other international organizations with regard to their concept of “internationalism” and in the handling of differences and inequalities?
We will reflect upon these questions with two experts, Francisca de Haan and Daniel Laqua, in a workshop at the University of Berne. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own research project and common issues in relation to the subject of the workshop. Researchers interested in discussing their research project are asked to submit a short abstract (up to 300 words) of their project and its relation to the questions of the workshop in English no later than 12 July 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. No travel and accommodation costs can be provided by the workshop organizers.
For further information, please contact:
Elife Biçer-Deveci, University of Berne, email@example.com
Edith Siegenthaler, University of Berne, firstname.lastname@example.org