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  • Geoff Simons

Abstract

The words of Isaiah,* much quoted and finding resonances throughout all human history, symbolise the ubiquitous yearning for a peaceful world in which political differences are settled by talk and not by physical conflict. This vision of a harmonious international order was one of the motivating forces behind the creation of the League of Nations (and later of the United Nations). It was not the only factor. People also envisaged how human rights within states could be protected, how the benefits of medical science could be brought to all, how the global environment could be protected, and much else — all within the framework of international law.

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Spanish Government International Dispute Mandate System Peace Society British Foreign 
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Notes

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    These various ideas are discussed in F. P. Walters, A History of the League of Nations (London: Oxford University Press, 1952) Ch. 4.Google Scholar
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