Launch of a new book by Professor Susan Pedersen (Columbia), The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)
5.00 pm, 22 May, King’s College London, History Open Space, History Department, 8th Floor Strand Building, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
In this masterful history of the mandates system, Susan Pedersen illuminates the role the League of Nations played in creating the modern world. Tracing the system from its creation in 1920 until its demise in 1939, Pedersen examines its workings from the realm of international diplomacy; the viewpoints of the League’s experts and officials; and the arena of local struggles within the territories themselves. A riveting work of global history, The Guardians enables us to look back at the League with new eyes, and in doing so, appreciate how complex, multivalent, and consequential this first great experiment in internationalism really was.
Professor Pedersen will introduce her book and there will be comments from Professor Richard Vinen and Dr Jon Wilson (both of King’s College), and drinks to follow. All welcome!