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How Successful Was The League of Nations in the 1920s?

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How Successful Was The League of Nations in the 1920s? The League of Nations was a post World War 1 'project' that was the spawn of President Wilson's imagination in the 14 points that he took to the Treaty of Versailles. Its original main aims were; * To be strong and united enough to discourage any nation from using force as a way to solve disputes. * To encourage nations to disarm. * To encourage nations to cooperate. * To uphold the Treaty of Versailles. * To improve living and working conditions for people around the world. * To provide a place do discuss international disputes and work them out peacefully. The League was successful on numerous occasions, helping to sort out disputes and help countries through hard times. ...read more.

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However the League was not successful on an equal number of times, failing to stop wars, being ignored by nations or ignoring nations themselves. The League was ignored by France in 1923 after Germany had failed to pay its reparations and France took the matter into her own hands. She invaded Germany's industrial region the Ruhr to steal its produce as a replacement for the money. On one occasion Poland seized Vilna from Lithuania because it had a large Polish population. Lithuania went to the League for help but it was in vain as the League did nothing in its aid. Possibly the worst failure of the League was in1923 when some Italian soldiers were killed in Greece; the new Italian Dictator Mussolini wanted to prove himself and demanded 50 million lire as compensation from Greece. ...read more.

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Danube 1927 * Greece moving out of Bulgaria * Helping in stopping spread of disease & improving working conditions. * France invading the Ruhr * Italy bombarding Corfu * Poland seizing Vilna Even though this is only a sample of the things that the League did they are the main items. My conclusion is that the League was a good idea but wasn't any more successful than it was a failure. As you can see the League did have twice as many successes than failures but I think you'll agree that the 3 failures are much bigger than some of the successes as they are nations invading each other or going to war. I think that it was a good idea all the same because it's better having 50% successes than 100% failures in the world. ...read more.

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