Diploma students visit the League of Nations Archives at the UN in Geneva.Posted: February 8, 2013
ISBerne senior historians had the opportunity rarely given to students to use the actual records from the 1920s and 30s for research at the League of Nations archive last week. As part of their historical investigations, a required project for the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) coursework, students researched topics relating to the work of the League of Nations (1919-1945), predecessor to today’s United Nations.
Students also met with the UN archivists to sift through original correspondence, committee records, propaganda posters, newspaper broadsheets and drafts of resolutions to see firsthand private reflections and public statements of people directly involved with the issues they are investigating. Several students spent hours sifting through newspaper clippings to gauge public opinion on issues the League tried to solve such as disarmament and the Munich Conference. Others investigated issues of self determination in the Aaland Islands and in Vilna by looking through opinion polls, diplomatic letters, and speeches.
Secondary School Principal and History teacher, Mr Tobin Bechtel arranged the visit and commented that “it was great for students to be historians and have the experience of handling fragile documents that give insight to the emotional concerns and idealistic proposals for peace that people hoped for after World War 1.”