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

Discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the League of Nations and explain whether you agree that 'its soul should go marching on.'

Extracts from this document...


History Coursework THOMAS HITCHINGS 11 JME 643 T MR. MITCHELL Question 6:Discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the League of Nations and explain whether you agree that 'its soul should go marching on.' The League of Nations was an alliance of many of the world most powerful nations, countries like Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan all united themselves with each other in 1920 as they agreed to create a single force intended to be more powerful than any other before. The members agreed to a covenant whereby they all accepted to protect each other from any military attacks from other nations and not to launch any assault onto other countries unnecessarily. The League's aims were not only to try to maintain world peace but also improving the living and working conditions for people all across the globe, they all agreed to support third world countries with aid and to encourage other nations to try to refrain from using military action to settle disputes by looking towards employing more diplomatic measures; essentially the League proposed to try to 'police' the world. The effectiveness of the League of Nations is still debateable today; the League had effectively collapsed by 1935, due to arguments, and failures to react to military attacks by the likes of Japan and Italy lost the League the League the respect that it needed to carry on. ...read more.


The effect of this is likely to be great, this means that the large majority of nations have the League watching over them, this presence is likely to put some nations off going into an invasion which they would normally proceed with if it were not for the League, this is one example of the League securing its goal of preventing military warfare. Source H (i) shows the League acting as they had intended, they are acting swiftly but still with due thought, the council have evidently offered their full support and action was taken promptly. The League wanted to act quickly and they did, they were able to put forward all their sanctions very hastily and make obvious their condemnation of the fascist government. This is evidence that even 15 years after its induction, the League still keeps to its covenant, a clear sign that it has proved to be a highly effective treaty. Of course there could be some argument over the accuracy of this source, it is after all just one person's memoirs, but nonetheless there is no opposition to this article and so it would seem to be fairly accurate. Following on from the collapse of the League of Nations, source J is a cartoon that shows the League of Nations as being a bulldog without any teeth. For the League to be compared to a bulldog shows the potential that the League had, the bulldog (a dog which is traditionally the dog that represents British authority) ...read more.


power and would have truly deserved it; as things went though they did nothing and lost all their power and with that, crucially, the respect of other nations. The Leagues failure to act at times when it was most needed is surely its biggest weakness, it was the loss in confidence of the League that destroyed it and this loss came from the lack of military support for countries like Manchuria when they really needed it, had the League been stronger then they could have saved the day and become heroes, but Britain and France's ambition to preserve their own empire on top of the League of Nations cost them. Source H (ii) shows how despite having appeared to have the situation covered, the League's action over the fascist government was actually a shambles, the sanctions were useless and the lack of full support rendered them useless anyway, this lack of backing was also a tell-tale sign of the downfall of the League. Source I shows how everyone ran away from the League once they saw its weaknesses exposed in the flesh, the in ability to even try to handle the Manchuria situation lost them nearly all of their respect. The depiction of the League in source J demonstrates the main weakness of the League, the incapability to act in an important situation, the lack of teeth in the bulldog symbolises this feebleness of the Leagues actions and adds further insult to injury on the League. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1900-1939 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 GCSE International relations 1900-1939 essays

  1. Free essay

    How effective was the League of Nations in maintaining peace?

    Hence, they could not wholeheartedly support the League of Nations. Therefore, the aggressors could start their expansion without restriction and it led to the outbreak of the Second World War. In addition, there are some weaknesses on the internal system of the League of Nations.

  2. "The League of Nations was doomed to failure from the start" - discuss.

    Another success for the league came in the same year and was over the Aaland Islands; which both Sweden and Finland claimed as their own, again the land was split. Two years later, Mussolini wanting to flex his political muscles.

  1. Why was the Abyssinian crisis a death blow to the league when the Manchurian ...

    However, in the Abyssinian crisis they didn't condemn Italy in fact they came to an agreement with them that basically gave them what they wanted. So they were seen to be giving into the demands of the aggressor. Not only did they give into Italy but the two main powers

  2. The League of Nations

    Another problem for the League however, was that it was being too closely linked to the victors of the First World War and the Peace Treaties. Another reason why the league failed was that because one their aims, 'To keep collective security...'

  1. "Tsarism collapsed at the beginning of 1917 because Nicholas was a weak Tsar who ...

    This was definitely not a popular decision with the people as a great number of them disliked her. She was German, and Russia was fighting a war against Germany, so they thought she was a spy and the other main reason she was disliked was because she listened and relied on Rasputin instead of the ministers.

  2. How Far Do You Agree That It Was Clear From The Beginning That The ...

    At the start of the League of Nations there was a genuine mood of co-operation and goodwill between the member states. The League was also popular with countries around the world and got a lot of support a further 14 nations joined in the first 4 years of the League and no nations left.


    a new determination to gain total control over the states that she had won leadership over in terms of the league. Cities such as Naxos suffered rough treatment from Athens due to her lust for power after 468 BC. As leader of the synod - the council of all allied

  2. The League of Nations: Its achievements and its failures

    But the significance of the Manchurian Crisis was obvious. It was the first of several incidents that would lead to the downfall of the League -The 1932-34 Disarmament Conference: The League had not been successful in this area in the 1920s, but the international climate back then did not make it a pressing matter.

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