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Was the League of Nations too idealistic for it's own good

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Was the League of Nations too idealistic for it's own good? I think that the League of Nations was too idealistic for it's own good. The League was set up after the First World War, and it was based on Woodrow Wilson's 14 points. It's main aim was to avoid another world war. At the beginning there were 42 member nations, although more countries joined as time went by. To show the good intensions of the League they decided not to have an army. This was too idealistic for it's own good. This is because they thought people would listen to them, also they thought the member nations would provide them with an army if it was needed. ...read more.

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kick the country out, however this did not happen in 1923 when 5 Italian surveyors were shot and killed on the Greek side of the Greek-Albanian frontier. Mussolini, the new Italian leader took advantage of this situation and invaded Corfu. This completely went against the League. However the other member nations did nothing as Mussolini was quickly gaining power and did not want to get on the wrong side of him so of course nothing happened. This again showed that the League was too idealistic because they thought that all the member nations would listen to what they said and of course they did not all the time. ...read more.

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However in some ways the League was not too idealistic; like in their humanitarian work. They managed to help refugees and former prisoners of war get back to their home country. Also they blacklisted four German, Dutch, French and Swiss companies which were involved in illegal drug trade, so that no other company would trade with them and stop the drug trade. This worked and people stopped trading with them. They also set worker rights, in Tanganyika a railway was being built and the death of African workers was at 50%, they reduced this to 4%. Also they limited the hours that small children were. However most countries did not follow these guidelines. So maybe this was too idealistic for the times. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Banks ...read more.

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