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The British People and the League of NationsDemocracy, Citizenship and Internationalism, c. 1918–45$
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Helen McCarthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086168

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086168.001.0001

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Training for world citizenship: internationalist education between the wars

Training for world citizenship: internationalist education between the wars

(p.103) 4 Training for world citizenship: internationalist education between the wars
The British People and the League of Nations

Helen McCarthy

Manchester University Press

This chapter reviews the League of Nations Union's (LNU) popular support in Britain's schools, adult education bodies and universities. The campaign to internationalise the school curriculum was amongst the most successful ventures of the interwar League movement. The LNU drew leverage from the League's own endeavours in the sphere of ‘intellectual cooperation’. The League's own activities in the educational sphere provided an important source of leverage which helped the LNU to translate the power of these ideals into concrete institutional backing and innovative classroom practice. Educational provision in Britain was highly decentralised between the wars. The LNU was able to leverage the authority of the League as a means of bestowing legitimacy upon its educational aims. Coverage of the League in the curriculum could vary wildly between schools. Teaching ‘world citizenship’ did not fundamentally challenge the integrative role of the education system.

Keywords:   League of Nations Union, Britain, school curriculum, schools, education system, educational provision, wars

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