‘Families of mankind’: British liberty, League internationalism, and the traffic in women and children

  title={‘Families of mankind’: British liberty, League internationalism, and the traffic in women and children},
  author={Jeanne Morefield},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={681 - 696}
  • J. Morefield
  • Published 7 April 2020
  • Sociology, History
  • History of European Ideas
ABSTRACT The League of Nations’ long term interest in the traffic in women and children mirrored, in key ways, what I call the ‘familial internationalism’ of some of its most influential British founders. Grounded in their understanding of the British Empire as an institution uniquely able to reconcile ‘liberty and self-government’ with the denial of liberty and self-government to the colonies, this vision of internationalism recast nations as cultural ‘families of mankind’ rather than… 



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