The Abyssinian War and the League of Nations: Debates in the Council
Keywords:Ethiopia, Italy, League Council, Mussolini, France, Britain
The study will analyze how the Council of the League of Nations acted as a forum for discussions during the Abyssinian war (1935-1936). Most studies focused on the war underline the powerless of the League and of its Council. Moreover, the Council’s role as a forum for discussions during the dispute is generally overlooked. However, the Council offered the parties involved or with interest in the conflict the opportunity to express their position and test the world opinion. The paper will study this issue by examining the minutes of the Council’s meetings, published in the League of Nations Official Journal. Other sources used are the Italian media, and memoires and journals of Italian, French and British representatives.