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Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925

Peter J. Yearwood


The book reconsiders the role of the League of Nations as an idea and as an institution in the development of British policy, 1914–25. It challenges the view that London took up the league idea reluctantly in response to outside pressures, and shows how the British government used the idea to manage Anglo‐American relations in wartime and eventually to provide the basis of an enduring hegemonic partnership. While thinking about the league eventually developed in several new directions after American entry into the war, the idea of a guarantee retained its centrality in British thinking. Americ ... More

Keywords: League of Nations, British foreign policy, guarantee of peace, Anglo‐American relations, crises of 1920s, Franco‐German security, Treaty of Mutual Assistance, Geneva Protocol, Locarno, British domestic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Yearwood, author
University of Papua New Guinea