Transition to the New International Order

  • David Macfadyen
  • Michael D. V. Davies
  • Marilyn Norah Carr
  • John Burley
Part of the Understanding Governance book series (TRG)


This chapter describes how, during the war years, League staff ensured their technical work would not be lost for the future. Some remained in Geneva under the leadership of Deputy Secretary-General Lester. Others went to Princeton (USA) and to London. They contributed to the preparation of several conferences that led to the establishment of the new multilateral institutions (UN, IMF, IBRD, FAO, WHO). Drummond led two groups that made significant contributions to British post-war planning: the first, consisting of former League colleagues, prepared a ‘lessons learnt’ study for Chatham House; the second offered a Liberal Party report on the Dumbarton Oaks proposals. The chapter concludes with contemporaneous accounts of the new world organization that looked uncannily like its predecessor.


Sean Lester Hot Springs Bretton Woods Dumbarton Oaks Gladwyn Jebb 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Macfadyen
    • 1
  • Michael D. V. Davies
    • 2
  • Marilyn Norah Carr
    • 3
  • John Burley
    • 4
  1. 1.North BerwickUK
  2. 2.KinghamUK
  3. 3.RichmondUK
  4. 4.Divonne-les-BainsFrance

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