League of Nations

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The predecessor to the United Nations, the League of Nations was established in 1919, after World War I, under the Treaty of Versailles “to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security.” It was disbanded in 1940 due to its powerlessness to prevent conflict.

The National Library of Scotland have digitized a selection of League of Nations documents which are all freely available. Until recently relatively few documents at all had been digitised, so this is a welcome resource for researchers from many disciplines.  

The NLS have focused on the organisation’s non-political functions, as they constitute a great part of the League’s activities. Also available are publications giving a background to the League, such as the ‘League from Year to Year

The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford has a League of Nations library guide. It has a useful page on the notoriously complicated numbering system and types of…

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