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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.


Occasional reports on recent events will appear on this homepage for the site - for information on future events, please look to the events page which will be kept fully up to date, and note that there is also a full archive of news that has been presented on this website.

Do feel free to contact admin @ leagueofnationshistory.org about any League of Nations news that you would like us to post into this section.

  • New book on Samoa - May 22 2017
    We alert you to the recently published biography of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson by Patricia O'Brien bringing light to some aspects of the League's mandate on Samoa: "Tautai: Sāmoa, World History and the Life of Ta'isi O. F. Nelson" University of Hawai'i Press, 2017.
    For details see: Book

  • New book - Fascist Italy and the League of Nations - December 06 2016
    Dr. Elisabetta Tollardo's book titled "Fascist Italy and the League of Nations, 1922-1935" has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. By uncovering the traces of the Italians working in the organization, the volume investigates Fascist Italy’s membership of the League, and explores the dynamics between nationalism and internationalism in Geneva in the interwar years.
    For details see: Book

  • Biography of Arthur Salter published - May 15 2016
    Professor Sidney Aster has recently published the first biography of Arthur Salter, the first Director of the Economic and Financial Section of the League of Nations: Sidney Aster, "Power, Policy and Personality: The Life and Times of Lord Salter, 1881-1975" (Amazon, 2016)
    For details see: Book

Retirement of the project website

As of spring 2018, the research project is finished and this website, while it will continue to be available as a static resource, is no longer being updated or maintained.

The network database is still held by the research project but is no longer publicly available. The research project is committed to compliance with all relevant EU and Member State laws in respect of personal data, and the protection of the "rights and freedoms" of individuals whose information the project has collected and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On that basis, you are entitled to have full access to the data held against your name on the database, and are entitled to have your records deleted from the database. Please communicate with the website manager ndaisley@it-alternative.com in the first instance, and your subject access request will be passed on to the manager of the research project.