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Why did the League of Nation failed?

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Why did the League of Nation failed? The League has been described as 'a fragile life raft on the stormy seas of the 1930s'. This quotation has a lot of meaning concerning with the League of Nation; life raft which means to save people lives (preventing war) but when 'fragile' is added it shows that it can be easily rip apart. '...the stormy seas of the 1930s' indicates the aggression and tension in Europe which could explode anytime into another war. The raft of the League sank into 'the stormy sea of the 1930s' trying to save Europe, the fragile life raft helped some people but could not stand the unyielding storm of the 1930s. Why did it 'sink': The hopes and dreams of the League of Nation were quite realistic, although they simply rushed into them too fast. First of all, they tried to maintain the Treaty of Versailles. This frustrated Germany from the start , because they felt as though their honor was robbed from them. ...read more.

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Yet, each had a weakness that proved to be it's fatal flaw. The treaty of Locarno was quite important in the fact that it showed th League of Nations dreams to somewhat realistic. Although they had problems, for one moment in time, there was peace between worst of rivals. This shows that even though the League, to many, failed, it accomplished to demonstrate the kind of peace they were aiming for, even if it was only for a split second. The economy collapse and the following of the Wall Street crash hit the League very hard. Each countries factories were damaged because of this, all fighting to make enough money to survive. This also had an effect on international relations. Overseas trade was no longer possible, because each country needed what they had for themselves. Also, the duties were very high because of the crash. In 1931, President Hoover, of the US, proposed one-year payments for each country. In June of the next year, representatives met because they were unhappy wit this proposition. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reason that the League did not work on the crisis sooner was because they were too busy creating beautiful sanctions and analyzing the situation to its fullest. If they simply would have acted quicker and maybe listen to Japan's reasons for attack, then their resignation could have prevented and Manchuria would not have had to kept 'hostage' for so long. Perhaps after learning from their slow actions in the Japanese crisis, the League would have acted quicker in the Italian invasion of Abyssinia. This time, they did investigate the situation quicker, but still did not take military action, because they knew it would start war. Instead, the League thought it would be best to negotiate, but again they were wrong. Mussolini did not agree with their ideas and pulled out of the Nation. The two main reasons that the League did not take military action was because they thought it might cause a war. Instead, they tried to negotiate, but both cases, lost a member. This was not necessarily a bad choice on the League's behave, but they simply had a closed mind and did not believe to attack Italy or Japan, mostly out of the fear of war and defeat. ...read more.

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