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"Ever since its creation in 1920, the League of Nationswas destined to fail." Discuss.

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"Ever since its creation in 1920, the League of Nations was destined to fail." Discuss. The League of Nations came into being after the end of World War One in January 1920. The League of Nation's task was to ensure that war never broke out again. After the turmoil of the Versailles Treaty, many looked to the League to bring stability to the world. . It was an international body whose sole purpose was to maintain world peace and which would resolve global political, economic, social, humanitarian, and technical problems as and when they occurred. It was these hopes that were invested in the League, despite its flawed establishment at the Paris Peace Conference and the absence of the United States and many other important countries such as Russia and Germany from its membership, which made failure seem inevitable from the start. The League of Nations was doomed from the start because of many factors such as three of the world's most powerful nations, America, Russia and Germany, played no part in supporting the League. ...read more.

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In addition to this, there was a lot of pressure on the League of Nations after the Treaty of Versailles, which was seen to be too harsh on Germany. They had to uphold the treaties at the start, which further annoyed Germany and so was one of the causes of the League failure. Finally, the League was destined from the beginning because it had internal conflict present in it. The permanent members were having disputes over land with temporary members and getting the benefit of the doubt. However, when the temporary members did the same, they were punished such as the Greece was. There was an ulterior motive present in the League of Nations, which doomed it from the start. As well as this there were many problems that the League faced from 1929 onwards, which caused it to fail. The League of Nations also faced problems after 1929 when the Wall Street Crash took place. ...read more.

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This could be seen as one of the Leagues collapses. The League of Nations was doomed from the start, with the most powerful country, America, not joining. As a consequence, if an aggressor nation was determined enough to ignore the League's verbal warnings, all the League could do was enforce economic sanctions and hope that these worked as it had no weight of enforcing its decisions using military might. It was also going to be a disaster as it rejected the countries that needed the most support, like Germany. As a result, Germany came back for revenge when they were both economically and socially stable, which could have been stopped if the League was not so slow at making decisions and acting on them. However, the League of Nations did have some social successes such as the fact that they were able to return a lot of refugees back to their home land, the ILO was able to improve working conditions and they tried to get rid of leprosy and mosquitos. ...read more.

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