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Guarding The Guardians : Payoffs and Perils

Guarding The Guardians : Payoffs and Perils Essay Review Priya Satia The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire Susan Pedersen Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. xviii 571 pp. The Guardians is an ambitious work of institutional history with a global reach by a world-class historian at the height of her powers. It is a tour de force. The first comprehensive history of the League of Nations' mandate system in a half-century, it does not relate events in each mandatory territory but at the international level, when arguments and conflicts spilled beyond the bounds of state and empire and came before the League, producing global effects. The book is beautifully produced, with well-chosen and placed images and appendices with useful information. The writing is engaging and often stunning; the argument subtle, yet clear and persuasive: the League's Permanent Mandates Commission profoundly transformed the imperial order between the world wars, not by fulfilling its idealistic architects' mission of making imperial rule more humane or uplifting but by creating a new apparatus for international oversight and a new level of "international diplomacy, publicity, and `talk' " (4). The book seeks to rehabilitate the League. Typically depicted as a failure for succumbing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development University of Pennsylvania Press

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Essay Review Priya Satia The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire Susan Pedersen Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. xviii 571 pp. The Guardians is an ambitious work of institutional history with a global reach by a world-class historian at the height of her powers. It is a tour de force. The first comprehensive history of the League of Nations' mandate system in a half-century, it does not relate events in each mandatory territory but at the international level, when arguments and conflicts spilled beyond the bounds of state and empire and came before the League, producing global effects. The book is beautifully produced, with well-chosen and placed images and appendices with useful information. The writing is engaging and often stunning; the argument subtle, yet clear and persuasive: the League's Permanent Mandates Commission profoundly transformed the imperial order between the world wars, not by fulfilling its idealistic architects' mission of making imperial rule more humane or uplifting but by creating a new apparatus for international oversight and a new level of "international diplomacy, publicity, and `talk' " (4). The book seeks to rehabilitate the League. Typically depicted as a failure for succumbing

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Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and DevelopmentUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Dec 22, 2016

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