• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent was the League of Nations successful in the 1920s?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐To what extent was the League of Nations successful in the 1920s? The League of Nations was first created in 1919 after the end of World War 1 with the sole purpose of preventing any future wars. It was set up as an international police force to try and keep the peace around the world by preventing conflicts and encouraging countries to co-operate. The Leagues main aims were: To discourage aggression from any nation, To encourage countries to co-operate, especially in Business and trade, To encourage nations to disarm and To improve the living and working conditions for everybody in all parts of the world. But how successful was the League of Nations in comparison to these aims? The main aim of the League was to discourage aggression form any nation in the hope of preventing any further wars by keeping the world a peaceful place. An example of the League trying to achieve this was the Aaland Islands in 1921. Both Sweden and Finland wanted control of the Aaland Islands which were in between the countries. ...read more.

Middle

It also shows that the countries in the League didn?t care much about the Leagues actions and clearly put alliances above it. I think the League succeeded more than they failed in discouraging aggression from any nations because although not every border dispute was solved, the majority were and the world became a safer place as a result. Another aim of the League was to ?Improve the living and working conditions for everybody in all parts of the world?. The League worked with the ILO (International Labour Organisation) to try to create a better world. They successfully limited the hours that small children were allowed to work and introduced a 48 hour week and 8 hour day. They also banned some poisonous substances from paint to help safeguard workers health?s and prevent permanent damage. However although all of the work they did to improve the conditions was very good, not all members chose to follow and adopt these rules as they believed it would increase costs. I think that overall the LON did achieve this goal as they did improve the conditions, just not in all countries. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was a border dispute between Germany and Poland over an industrial region that was rich in iron and steel. Both countries wanted it and eventually the League sent French and British troops to keep order. In 1920 a plebiscite was organised for Silesians to vote on which country they wanted to join. The industrial areas mainly voted for Germany, the rural areas mainly for Poland. The league then divided the region fairly and set up rail links between the two countries with water and power supplies. Both countries accepted the decision. This shows how the LOB helped to bring countries together peacefully to o-operate, I think the LON achieved this aim very well as there were no issues with the final outcome. In conclusion I think that the LON was relatively successful in the 1920s because they definitely met some of their aims such as improving the working conditions for everybody around the world and Encouraging countries to co-operate. However not all the border disputes were handled particularly well and in some the League did nothing. I therefore think that the LON could have been more successful if America had joined or if the countries in the league were more committed to it. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1900-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1900-1939 essays

  1. To what extent was the League of Nations a success?

    by the treaty of Versailles but the question was whether to let Germany rearm or to make everyone else disarm to the level of Germany. The Germans walked out of the conference in 1932 when it's efforts to try and get everyone to disarm to its level failed.

  2. What Were the Main Criticisms of the League of Nations and To What Extent ...

    In 1922, when Germany failed to pay an instalment of the reparations, France and Belgium decided they would take action. Germany stated that they did not have the capacity to pay the instalment, however in 1923 the French and Belgium's invaded one of Germany's most important industrial zones known as the Ruhr.

  1. ATHENS & THE DELIAN LEAGUE

    These documents dated from 453-449 shortly after the removal of the treasury from Delos. They show evidence of Athens' continuing progression towards imperialism having recently made a truce with Sparta and renewed the aims of the Delian League to continue the war against Persia.

  2. How successful was the League of Nations in the 1920s.

    The French did not send their armies to stop Poland as they could see them as a useful ally against Germany. The British did not send troops either, as they did not want to act alone. In the end the league did nothing and Poland was able to keep Vilna.

  1. To what extent was there stability in Europe in the 1920's

    The recovery of trading relationships between these countries helped to reduce tension. In October 1925 representatives of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, met in Locarno in Switzerland. The agreements decided were: * Germany finally accepted the borders with France and Belgium.

  2. Evacuation of Children

    entertain, so the contents of the novel could be changed and exagerated to make it more interesting to the reader, making the Source's reliabiity questionable. Due to the limitation of the extract of a whole novel, it is hard to tell whether it is a reliable source about the refugees, although what is in the source seems reliable.

  1. Why the League of Nations Failed?

    So Japan had to find another way to supply itself. Manchuria was a province in China that had raw materials such as coal and iron ore that Japan was desperate in. In 1911 last Chinese emperor, aged six, was over thrown by the revolution, so Japan took an advantage of it.

  2. How successful was the League of Nations in the 1920's?

    Sweden accepted the ruling and war was avoided. Sweden's acceptance not only prevented war but also proved that the league was strong enough to make a country accept its ruling without resorting to military action. Also in October 1925, following an incident where Greek soldiers were killed on the Bulgarian border, Greece invaded Bulgaria.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work