Although British leaders made the principal contribution to the drafting of the League of Nations Covenant, Egerton shows that the British political elite opposed the type of league that emerged from the peace conference. These skeptics objected to the articles attempting to create a system of collective security and preferred to build upon the traditions of the British Empire to institute a system that would integrate functional cooperation. Originally published 1978. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital techlogy to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.