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'An unmitigated failure' how far is this a fair estimate of the League of Nations

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'An unmitigated failure' how far is this a fair estimate of the League of Nations The League of Nations was an organization that kept peace and settled wars and conflicts in Europe. It was formed after WW1 to prevent another war after the bloodshed that took place in World War 1. Many Europeans countries were in this organization, but the main question is whether this was a total failure or not. Speaking just, this sentence is correct although the League of Nations had strengths there was time when it didn't prevent many wars and conflicts, this later caused it to collapse, which proved it was 'an unmitigated failure'. Talking in real terms this is a fair estimate about the League of Nations, because in the end it did turn out to be a failure whether it was or was not in the earlier stages. The main weakness about the League of Nations was that it did not have the biggest power, and that was the US. At that time the US was world No 1 and without this the League of Nations was nothing. ...read more.


let her do what she wants to" This shows the reasons why the League of Nations did not want to stop Japan as if they did. They would stop the trading and the letter from the master of penthouse shows how much he encourages Britain not to stop them. In the end, the master of penthouse got his wish but this proved that he league of nations were helpless and couldn't do anything at all. The invasion on Abyssinia by Italy was done purposely to see whether the League of Nations could stop this fighting or whether they were helpless, it proved that they were helpless and just watched everything happening. One reason to this was that they did not have enough powers to stop this sanction. Some evidence to support is the speech Mussolini gave in 2 October 1935 "Instead of recognizing the just rights of Italy, the League of Nations dares to speak of sanctions. Until proof to the contrary, I refuse to believe that the free people of Britain want to spill blood and push Europe on the road to catastrophe in order to defend an African country, universally stamped as unworthy of taking its place among civilized people". ...read more.


Such as the war were the Greek attacked Bulgaria in 1925, the league stopped this war and said Greece would pay for the damage and Greece did so. The conflict over the Aaland Islands between Sweden and Finland ended and Finland was given the land while Sweden excepted this fact. There were also many more conferences and early disputes solved but unfortunately this didn't last for long when it came to bigger powers such as Germany, Italy and Japan. In 1920 The league Overall, the League of Nations turned out to be an absolute failure especially in the end. However, I have to admit that if it had an army and the US in its sides, it could have prevented World War 2. So it was good but lacked many things. Another part is that the League of Nations should have taken at least some actions when the Poland was attacked, or when Italy invaded Abyssinia, or japans attack on china. The League of Nations in the end collapsed and the US took its place and the US was the one who solved all the conflicts later. Manasvi Pindolia ...read more.

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