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Ambassadors in Reed Boats

26th December 2016, hej


7) The League of Nations

Throughout the Great War there had been support in Britain, France and the USA for an international body to arbitrate to prevent war. Woodrow Wilson the US President received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for his work to promote it. Lord Robert Cecil's ideal was taken up by Balfour and the British government in 1918. The League of Nations came into existence at the Paris peace conference in 1919. Its covenant included Jan Smuts' idea for Mandates for the lands won in the Great war.

The Balfour declaration regarding a Jewish homeland was accepted by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922 and embodied in the mandate that gave Great Britain administrative control of Palestine. This marked the beginning of the land with overshadowing wings.

There was no woe to this land shadowing, rather the shadow of success, until 1939 when a British White Paper preventing Jewish immigration to Palestine reversed the policy. World War 2 changed the situation.

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