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How successful was the league in the 1920's and 1930's?

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How successful was the league in the 1920's and 1930's? The leagues main aims were to settle international disputes and so prevent war from ever breaking out again. Also to Improve people's lives and Jobs - Encourage co-operation in trade/ Economic and social agencies. , Disarmament and Enforce the Treaty of Versailles. Next we will see if the league succeeded to attempt these aims The leagues commissions and comities in the leagues early years had much success in solving international problems. The refuge organization solved the problems of thousands of prisoners of war marooned in Russia in the end of the war; about half a million were returned home. In 1933 help was also given to thousands of fleeing from Nazi persecution in Germany. Also the health organisation/committee was successful in investigating the course of epidemics and reducing leprosy, yellow fever, malaria and typhus in Russia which endangered the rest of the world. An international highway code and universal shipping signals were agreed. ...read more.


The Greeks invaded Bulgaria after a number of violent incidents and did not pull back after war. This could have turned into a major conflict but the league criticised and contempt this so at last Greece withdrew its troops. The league had once again diplomatically solved a big problem. These countries were kind and willing to except the leagues authority and decision making. Other countries leaders were not, for example the failures are outlined below: Disarmament Commission - this committee made no progress in persuading the member states to reduce armaments, though all had agreed to do so when they agreed to the agreement of the League of Nations. Political disputes- Vilna 1920, Following the peace treaty after the war the new boarders of Europe created a number of disputes. The new state of Lithuania included an area known as Vilna. This area was claimed to be both Lithuania and Poland. The majority of people living in Vilna were Polish and when polish forces refused to leave after a war between Russia and Poland in 1920, the community looked towards the league for help. ...read more.


And the league was helpless when powerful leaders showed aggression, because of no army, witch the members should have contributed with. The leagues main aims became to be more of a failure then a success. EIGHT REASONS THE LEAGUE FAILED [memory word: BUSTED UP] 1. Britain and France - were not prepared to use their armies and had other priorities. 2. USA, USSR and Germany - USA was never a member/ USSR not until 1934/ Germany not until 1926, and Hitler left the League in 1933. 3. Structure - its organisation [SCACHIRMS] was cumbersome so decisions were very slow. 4. Treaty of Versailles set up the League - so it was hated because the Treaty was hateful. 5. Economic Depression - countries acted to save their own interests, and ignored the League. 6. Dictators - dictators like Mussolini and Hitler would not compromise. 7. Unsuccessful - the League's failures damaged its reputation, so members left/ignored it. 8. Powerless: moral condemnation was just ignored by powerful nations/ the League had no armies/ people found ways round sanctions. ...read more.

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