• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Successful Was the League of Nations In the 1920’S?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How successful was the League of Nations in the 1920's? After the First World War, Europe was in total chaos. All nations had its problems but everyone was looking somewhere for someone to blame. Everyone wanted to avoid repeating the mass slaughter of the war that had just ended. They also greed that a League of Nations - an organisation which could solve international problems without resorting to war - would help achieve this. However, there was disagreement about what kind of organisation it should be. During the Paris Peace Conference when President Wilson came up with the idea of the league, he wanted the League of Nations to be like a world parliament where representatives of all nations could meet together regularly to decide on any matters, which affected them all. Many British leaders thought the best league would be a simple organisation that would just get together in emergencies. France proposed a strong League with its own army. It was President Wilson who won and he insisted that discussions about a league should be a major part of the peace treaties and in 1919 he took personal charge of drawing up the plans for the league and proposed a very ambitious one. ...read more.

Middle

Because of this the league took a fairer view of this and gave the people of Upper Silesia a vote on whether they wanted to be part of a German or Polish nation. On general, the industrial areas voted for Germany and rural for Poland. The League split Upper Silesia in two, inserted safeguards and arrangements for power and water to be moved over the border were arranged. The League received more border disputes in other places such as; The Aaland Islands, Corfu, Bulgaria, The Ruhr, Yugoslavia and Memal. The outcome of the disputes were; Dispute/Place Outcome Vilna Failure Upper Silesia Success Yugoslavia Success Corfu Failure The Ruhr Failure Aaland Islands Success Bulgaria Success Memel Settlement Failure 4 of the disputes were successes and 4 of the disputes were failures by the league. If the league was a bit more 'forceful' and the members stuck to their agreement in article 10 then maybe more would be successes but then there could have been a lot more unnecessary blood-shed. If the league was not set-up then all of these border disputes could of turned nasty and more war triggered. So even 1 success was worth it and worth the league being there. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although during the border disputes, when the league only managed 4/8 successes, 1/8 would of still proven that the league was a success as that 1 dispute could of triggered off something big leading to more fighting. Although, one of the leagues aims was disarmament around the world, which was never achieved, it did work towards better communication between countries, which would not need the use of force. Although the league did not do much in the way of encouraging nations to cooperate, especially in business and trade, this meant that countries built their own economies back up, becoming much stronger in the late 1920s than before the war. Also there was a boom in world trade. Because the permanent members economies were in a devastated state at the end of the war they did not want to do much in the way of fighting other countries, it also wouldn't be very good for morale either. This lead to other countries trying to take places because they knew the permanent members would not do much in the way of force, i.e. Vilna. To me, the league was successful and in the 1920s it did a lot in the way of keeping peace and harmony around the world, even if not always achieved. Robert White - 10Fi Pg.1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. Did The League of Nations Have any chance of long Term Success?

    This would be arranged by the League's Council. The purpose of this sanction was to financially hit the aggressor nation so that she would have to do as the League required. The logic behind it was to push an aggressor nation towards bankruptcy, so that the people in that state

  2. How Successful Was the League in The 1920's and 1930's? The League of ...

    First of all, if the League imposed a trade ban upon a country, they could immediately begin trading with countries outside of the League, unstopped by the League's 'Free-Trade' policy, in which it said countries should openly trade with each other without government or any other intervention.

  1. United Nations: The Wounded Dove

    (USA, Russia, GB, China, France), the other six are rotating members and are elected by the general assembly. For a proposal to pass in the security council it needs 7 members to pass and five of these must be permanent members because anyone of the permanent members have the power to veto a proposal.

  2. The Prelude to the 1975 War and the Cairo Agreement.

    Ten days later, 16 Christian civilians were killed and 23 others wounded in an unprovoked attack causing a mass exodus of the Christians from the Bekaa towards Zahl´┐Ż, Beirut and Jounieh. It was at this juncture that the Army Lebanese began to disintegrate completely.

  1. What are the complexities in 'complex emergencies'?

    However, when the phenomena of natural disasters are combined with a situation such as civil war, the circumstances of relief and development become much less 'black and white' for the International Community. This is because aid is seen by opposing factions (quite rightly)

  2. The Hollywood Ten - House Un-American Activities Committee.

    Lardner made a big comeback in 1970 when he wrote the script for M*A*S*H. -- Sandra Brennan [from the All-Media Guide] * Biographical and credit information from the Internet Movie Database * http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAlardner.htm * A Star is Born (1937) Video/C 999:737 * Nothing Sacred (1937)

  1. The League of Nations managed to keep a lot of items going and introduced ...

    Another problem arose. Britain and France had been weakened from the 1st world war and were not the countries they once used to be.

  2. The league of nations - How successful was The League in the 1920's?

    On September the 27th Mussolini left Corfu boasting of his triumph. The League Of Nations failed to sort out this dispute successfully because of the some of the consequences it could face. Italy could have easily occupied the whole of Greece so military action would have been useless because of the size and powerfulness of the army.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work