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Humanitarian ImperialismThe Politics of Anti-Slavery Activism, 1880-1940$
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Amalia Ribi Forclaz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733034.001.0001

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The League of Nations and Slavery, 1919–1926

The League of Nations and Slavery, 1919–1926

(p.46) 2 The League of Nations and Slavery, 1919–1926
Humanitarian Imperialism

Amalia Ribi Forclaz

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 explores the multilateral space opened up by the League of Nations in Geneva and the competitive environment it provided for humanitarian pressure groups. British activists played a key role in using the League as a forum to circulate information on slavery, thus pressurizing civil servants to devise an international response. The exposure of the continued existence of slave-trading in Ethiopia served as a catalyst for the creation of a League commission on slavery in the early 1920s. In 1926, with the drafting of the Slavery Convention, the League produced a global definition of slavery, thus advancing the potential for international action. But celebrations quickly turned into disillusionment as the League’s powerlessness to impose effective measures against slavery was exposed.

Keywords:   League of Nations, Britain, mandates, anti-slavery activism, Ethiopia, Slavery Commission, Slavery Convention

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