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How useful are these sources for explaining why the League was effectively paralysed by the end of the 1930's?

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History Coursework THOMAS HITCHINGS 11 JME 643 T MR. MITCHELL Question 5 How useful are these sources for explaining why the League was effectively paralysed by the end of the 1930's? If the League was "effectively paralysed by the end of the 1930's," then source D from 1932 is a good example why. At a time when there was political and economical instability across the globe, this was the time when an organisation like the League of Nations should have been standing tall, guiding those nations through their troubled times. Instead, as source D shows, this mass gathering of nations was being walked all over by the Japanese army; the coalition of the world's most powerful nations was acting against everything that their principles and their covenant was all about and allowing a ...read more.

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shows how they had a good idea of the sort of punishment should be placed on the fascist government; this proves that they knew they needed to place sanctions on these administrations. However, (ii) demonstrates how poor they were at actually imposing them, clearly the procedure had not been thought through, failing to impose effective sanctions on the appropriate materials. Source H also highlights the embarrassing lack of support from its own members for its decisions, clearly a sign of a lack of communication. The statement in (ii) says it all: "the incomplete membership of the League made it impossible to make all sanctions effective," the admission from the foreign secretary of the League that shows just how powerless they really were, and how, due to a lack of support the League was crumbling from within and slowly rendering itself feebly ineffective. ...read more.

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The League had the potential to be the biggest dog in the yard; but just like a bulldog without any teeth, the League had no muscle or dominance over the other nations, they had all lost their power and with that they had lost their influence and the respect from the other nations who they were meant to be looking over. Together these sources can come together and provide an accurate depiction of the League, they all agree that while the League had all the right principles and all the right intentions, the League could not act upon them, this lost the League its respect and after that it was not long before the League was to become a forgotten power, whose ideas may have lived on, but whose name was forever destroyed. ...read more.

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