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Was the League of Nations a Success in the 1920's?

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Introduction: I am doing an essay on whether the League of Nations was a success or not, and why. The Americans set up the League of Nations after World War One. The League of Nations was designed to make nations settle their disputes peacefully, rather then going to war to settle their disputes and having another world war. Every one wanted World War One to be the last of all wars and to have world peace. This is one of the main reasons why the League of Nations set up. It was an idea in one of Woordraw Wilson's fourteen points towards world peace that was accepted by the main powers. 1) The League of Nations wanted there to be a place were nations could discuss world issues or problems this was to be achieved by having a world parliament. This was one step nearer to settling problems peacefully but the bad thing was that there were to many countries and disputes to settle. International peace and security was set up to encourage trade between countries it was also to stop war and aggression between countries. It was also to encourage disarmament because if there was world peace no countries should worry about being attacked. ...read more.


Britain and Italy guaranteed to protect France if Germany violated these borders. Germany also had to accept the Rhineland would remain a demilitarised zone. Germany and France then agreed to settle future disputes through the League of Nations; this pleased France very much. This basically tied up loose ends from the Treaty of Versailles. Then there was the Kellog-Briand pact in 1928. The Kellog-Briand pact was were sixty-five nations agreed to use force to settle disputes. So the Kellog-Briand pact just through disarmament completely out the window. That is why disarmament never happened. 3) Disputes: The four main disputes in the 1920's were Vilna in 1920, the Aaland Islands in 1921, the Corfu Incident in 1923 and the Greek Bulgarian War. Some of them the League of Nations dealt with them well but some of them they didn't deal with them fully. The Vilna incident the League did not deal with it well at all. It was between Poland and Lithuania. The problem was that Vilna was the capital of Lithuania but it had mainly Polish people in it. So what did the League do? They did nothing. The Aaland island; the League dealt with that problem reasonably well. ...read more.


The bad thing was that there to many Nations and to many problems to sort out. The I.L.O were a group of employers, governments and workers to help the workers condition. The problem was that having a group of employers and workers in the same room was a bad idea. All of these agency's were meant to work together to make the League of Nations successful. 5) Conclusion: The League of Nations was not successful because one the richest and most powerful country was not in it, America. Disarmament only happened with one country, which was Germany, Britain did not disarm, Italy didn't, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslovakia and lots of other countries did not disarm. The Locarno treaties also would of obviously made Germany want their Western Borders back. Then the Kellog-Briand pact just through world disarmament out the window saying that sixty-five nations could use force to settle disputes. Then the young plan to reduce Germany's reparation payments, even though Germany had revenge planed. The League of Nations had far to many loose ends that it was to hard to sort out other nations problems when the, League of Nations has it's own problems to sort out first. The League took on more than it could handle and seemed to be more of a fantasy dream. By James Jode ...read more.

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