Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Interests versus obligations : the mandates system of the League of Nations and the Cameroon mandates 1919-1946.
Author: Ntamark, George B. Y.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3450 3042
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2002
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
On 20 July 1922 the war-time division between Great Britain and France of the former German colony of Kamerun in west Africa was formally confirmed. However, instead of being annexed, the two portions of Cameroon joined fourteen other territories in the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, in becoming League of Nations mandates. This thesis examines the assertion that during the inter-war years, the two leading League powers, Britain and France, would seek to interpret and apply the mandates system in their territories in a manner which best suited their perceived national interests. In so doing, they did not live up to the high ideals on which the mandates system was supposedly created and they also failed to abide by the legal obligations they had voluntarily undertaken. Part 1 examines the emergence of the mandates system and the League of Nations' machinery for supervising mandated territories. It shows how the mandates system, with all its high-minded commitments, was borne in the highly-charged political environment of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Part 2 of the thesis provides case studies of the two Cameroon mandates, from their war-time partition between France and Britain, through their transition into League of Nations mandates, and the administration thereof.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available