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How Did The League of Nations Repeatedly Fail In The Need To Keep The Peace

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How Did The League of Nations Repeatedly Fail In The Need To Keep The Peace? The League of Nations repeatedly failed in keeping the peace because, first of all Hitler went against the Treaty of Versailles and started World War 2 yet the League of Nations failed to react. The Treaty of Versailles also failed because Mussolini in Abyssinia went against the league and Manchuria also contributed towards the failure to keep the peace. The structure of the league didn't help as the council only met once a year. The power of the league was very weak as there was no military force. Finally the lack of strong nations joining the league contributed to the failure of the League of Nations. The League of Nations failed because Hitler went against the Treaty of Versailles and started World War I I. In 1922 Hitler withdrew from the League of Nations and ordered the German delegates to leave the Disarment Conference in Geneva as he claimed that Germany had already disarmed but other countries were refusing to do so. ...read more.

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Abyssinia then asked the League for help; while the League of Nations talked to Mussolini he used the time to send an army into Africa. The League of Nations then suggested giving Abyssinia to Italy. Mussolini ignored the League of Nations and invaded Abyssinia. In secret however Britain and France agreed to give Abyssinia to Italy, the Hoare-Laval Pact. Manchuria became a factor or the failure of the League of Nations in 1932 when the Japanese army invaded Manchuria and threw out the Chinese residents. They then set up their own government called the 'Manchoukuo'. When china asked the League of Nations for help it sent a group of officials led by Lord Lytton to study the problem, this however took a year, but in February 1933 they ordered Japan to leave Manchuria. However Japan refused to leave Manchuria and instead left the League of Nations. As many countries had important trading links with Japan the League of Nations couldn't agree on sanctions or even ban weapon sales. ...read more.

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The assembly had no specific meeting times therefore could meet is any emergency arouse. When the League of Nations was set up in 1920, Germany wasn't allowed to join. This made the League of Nations seen like a League of Victors from World War I. The League of Nations was weakened even more when the USA refused to join even though it was originally their idea. Another critical weakness was that Russia didn't join because it was a communist country. Without these three big powers the League of Nations started off weak. The League also didn't have a secure army therefore if any situations where a immediate army was required the League of Nations had to use parts of different armies. This delayed things significantly and led to a failure within the League of Nations. From beginning to end the League of Nations failed to keep the peace because it was seen as weak and powerless, from big powers failing to join to not having a significant army therefore the League of Nations would never had succeeded. ...read more.

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