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How successful was the League in the 1920's?? After the First World War everyone was terrified by even talking about it. To avoid repeating such a devastating event the president of the U.S.A, Woodrow Wilson proposed to form the League of Nations in his fourteen points. Unfortunately the League struggled from the very beginning. As there was a disagreement of what kind of organization it would be. Woodrow Wilson the president of the U.S.A wanted this organization to be a world parliament, in which nations could meet and decide matters that affected them. So felt nations should just meet when a crisis would occur. In the end the organization was made as the U.S.A president preferred it to be. ...read more.


world, first of all it was not economically feasible; secondly they would loose men as a result of war to protect some other country. The League could not stop functioning because of one country they first started of with boarder disputes. The conference in Paris had created many new states. The first was in 1920 itself, this was the first test for them which they miserably failed. Poland and Lithuania were two new states; Vilna was the capital of Lithuania. In 1920 a private polish army took over Vilna. Even after the League asked Poland to withdraw from Lithuania they did not. The League could not do any thing as France and Britain were not ready to send troops into Lithuania. ...read more.


The League condemned Greece and ordered Greek military withdrawal and compensation. The League also helped in other ways for example in terms of wealth (1921) Austria and Hungary could not pay the huge amounts of money they were supposed to, and so were granted a loan by the League of Nations. This economic aid showed that the League was truly making an effort. The Locarno Treaties of 1925, which seemed to be a great success at the time, actually had no League involvement. This was simply another failure for the League as it showed their incapability to command the international community. I personally think the League failed because it did not have an army of its own, other members found it difficult to send their troops. The leading countries were not very clear and dedicated to the purpose of The League as the U.S.A would have been. ...read more.

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