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Thomas W. Burkman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824829827

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.001.0001

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The Idea of a League

The Idea of a League

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Japan and the League of Nations

Thomas W. Burkman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a background of the idea of a League of Nations. The League of Nations movement in the West was initiated by the dream of lasting peace and the realization that international law was unenforceable by any mechanism then in existence. The League idea then entered Anglo-American diplomatic correspondence as early as September 1914. Within a year, the term “League of Nations” was in general use by the newly founded League to Enforce Peace (LEP) in the United States and the League of Nations Society in Britain. The earliest foreign effort to promote Japanese interest in the League of Nations came in 1916 from the United States through the private auspices of the League to Enforce Peace.

Keywords:   League of Nations, international law, Anglo-American diplomacy, League to Enforce Peace, League of Nations Society

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