By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 15, 2021) – In Issue 2021-219 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we return from a 4-day hiatus with a look at a special league, not a sports league.


The League of Nations was the first worldwide intergovernmental organization.  The mission was rather noble, that being to help maintain world peace, but also to arbitrate international disputes, labor issues, etc.

It was founded in early 1920, on the heels of the Great War – later known as World War I.   It met several times in France and the first meeting at its permanent headquarters, Geneva, took place 100 years ago today.

In hindsight, several rookie mistakes were made by the League.   Primary being that the League of Nation was fundamentally non-inclusive of all nations.   For example, it did not invite initially the Great War’s losing side to join – those countries eventually did.  Also, they did not convince the US, holding significant military, economic and political power, to ever join.   The League used the military of only the winning side from the Great War to resolve modest conflicts in the 1920s and ‘30s. 

Sadly, the League of Nations failed to prevent World War II.  It dissolved in 1946.  Then the United Nations filled the void of a worldwide intergovernmental organization. 

Here is Rupprech’s view of the Swiss city of Geneva from 1740.

City of Geneva, Switzerland – 1740 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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