International Society by Law: Mandates, Minorities, and Non-States in Interwar International Law
Historians have paid scant attention to the idea of the League’s jurisdiction, yet it seemed extremely important to petition writers, who carefully invoked the League’s responsibility for their plight. It represented a way around the state’s monopoly on international representation, allowing a plurality of voices within the halls of international organization. The development of that jurisdiction bore the imprint of empire. In both oversight regimes, the League directly tackled questions of “post”-empire by partially limiting and internationalizing sovereignty in the wake of imperial collapse. In these regions, along the “international frontier” (Hall), that allotment of withheld sovereignty allowed formal relationships to develop between the League and sub-state agents. The unforeseen and creative manipulation of that structural arrangement into a lively public sphere documents the role of claim-makers in Central Europe and the colonial world in shaping the contours of interwar international life.
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