Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common

Hosted by LSE Library and the Department of International History

LSE Library Gallery, United Kingdom

How was world peace sought in the 20th century? On the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the League of Nations, this exhibition explores some of the collections of LSE Library and the Women’s Library that help answer that question.

International organisations such as the League of Nations are on display; established as part of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War and whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Founded in 1915, the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) also feature, and who continue to make known the causes of war and work for permanent peace.

Woman with abolish weapons boardUnknown member of WILPF, 1930s

As well as international organisations, the work of peace activists are on display such as Pat Arrowsmith, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, as well as material from the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, set up at RAF Greenham in the 1980s to protest against cruise missiles.

A CND protester marchProtestors marching to London from Aldermaston, 1960s

This exhibition has been guest-curated by Professor David Stevenson of the LSE International History department as well as current members of WILPF.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

The Department of International History (@lsehistory) teaches and conducts research on the international history of Britain, Europe and the world from the early modern era up to the present day.

You will be able to find further information about this exhibition on the Library website along with related events

This event is part of the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders running from Monday 25 February to Saturday 2 March 2019, with a series of events exploring how social science can tackle global problems. The full programme will be online in January 2019.

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