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Was the League of Nations likely to fail because of inherent flaws?

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Was the League of Nations likely to fail because of inherent flaws? Yes The League was always likely to fail because it had many inherent flaws and was too weak. The League was restricted by its lack or/and inability to properly enforce sanctions that would actually hurt countries. Without America's backing the League was weak. America at that time was the world's biggest trading nation and the League's sanctions would not apply to them. This meant these sanctions would hit smaller countries much harder than they would the lager ones because America traded with all the larger countries. If sanctions were enforced on a larger country they could probably survive by just increasing their trade with America. Also, the countries of the League needed to trade with all the larger countries and therefore it made it much harder for trade sanctions to be upheld, as any sanctions would hit the countries enforcing them just as hard. However, it was much easier to enforce trading sanctions on a smaller country, as its trade was insignificant compared to that of the larger countries. Even when the League imposed trade sanctions on countries, countries that had their own self-interest easily broke them. ...read more.


Many of the aggressors in the wars were either larger nations or nations that were supported by larger nations so they always knew someone who was ready to use their veto to protect the aggressor. Finally, most of the nations in the League were aggressors and therefore that mad it difficult for the League to punish them. One of the major weaknesses of the League was the absence of large and important nations. Germany was not a member until 1926 and left in 1933. The USSR did not join until 1934 whilst Japan left in 1933 and Italy left in 1937. Most importantly America never joined the League and this left the League lacking a lot of authority and power. The League never had total commitment from any of the larger nation in it anyway they all stuck to their own agenda, ignoring the League whenever needed. Because of this the League never had a real leader. When Woodrow Wilson proposed the League it was thought that it would be logical for America, the world's strongest nation, to lead it. But with America pulling out it left Britain and France to lead the League. ...read more.


The thing that put the final nail in the League of Nations coffin was the Wall St. Crash. It plunged the world into depression and eventually war. But unusual events like this happened a lot in the 1920's/30's. This just left the League helpless they could not prevent nor cushion the blow when things like this happened. These unusual events would test the UN today let alone its predecessor the League. The League just happened to be around the wrong place at the wrong time. At the end of the World War people were trying to get their own lives/countries back together they weren't concerned about what other people were doing. The League was formed out of a lot of countries that were just recovering from considerable damage. If the League had been formed a few years later it would have probably survived but because those times asked for an organisation of its kind immediately, the League was rather rushed. Conclusion There were many inherent weaknesses in the League but the unusual events of the 1920's/30's tested the league too much. The League needed to have a slow start to build up strength and unity over time but because of its flaws and the rush it was in due to events of the time it didn't get this opportunity. ...read more.

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