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What did the League do about disarmament in the 1920s?

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Introduction

What did the League do about disarmament in the 1920s? - 1921 the USA, Japan, Britain and France agreed to limit the size of their navies, but that was all. - 1923 the League's first plan about the disarmament was accepted by France and other nations, but not Britain (they want to have army for later defence) - 1926 the plan for a Disarmament Conference was made, but it took five years to agree even a 'draft convention' for the Conference, but that was even in 1933 rejected by Germany. - International agreements of the 1920s that seemed to lead to a more peaceful world - 1921 Washington Conference: USA, Britain, France and Japan agreed to limit the size of their navies. - 1922 Rapallo Treaty: Russia and Germany re-established diplomatic relations. ...read more.

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- 1929 Young Plan: reduced Germany's reparations payments. - 1926 Germany entered the League, so now only the Soviet Union wasn't in the League. - The economic recovery also helped the League. They helped reduce tension and as the countries were trading with one another they were much less likely to go to war and fight. Why did disarmament fail? - In the 1930s there was increased pressure for the League to disarm. - Germany want other nations to disarm, because they had to disarm after the First World War, so they want other countries to do the same. - Many countries spent much more money on armaments than they had been before 1.W.W. ...read more.

Conclusion

When the Conference failed to agree the principle of 'equality', the Germans walked out. - September 1932 - The British sent the Germans a note which went some way to agreeing equality, but the superior tone of the note angered the Germans still further. - December 1932 - An agreement was finally reached to treat Germany equally. - January 1933 - The Germans announced they were coming back. - February 1933 - Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. He immediately started to rearm Germany, although secretly. - May 1933 - Hitler promised not to rearm Germany if 'in five years all other nations destroyed their arms'. - June 1933 - Britain produced an ambitious disarmament plan. - October 1933 - Hitler withdrew from the Disarmament Conference, and soon after took Germany out of the League altogether. History - test review Disarmament ...read more.

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