• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why did the League of Nations fail?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why did the League of Nations fail? League of Nations was meant to be an international alliance for the preservation of peace, with headquarters at Geneva. It was the last of the 14 points of Woodrow Wilson. The league existed from 1920 to 1946. The first meeting was held in Geneva, on November 15, 1920, with 42 nations represented. The last meeting was held on April 8, 1946; at that time the league was superseded by the United Nations (UN). During the league's 26 years, a total of 63 nations belonged at one time or another; 31 were members for the entire period (see accompanying chart).Wilson's aims of the League were to discourage aggressions from any nation, to encourage nations to work together - especially in business and trade, to encourage disarmament and to improve living and working conditions around the world. ...read more.

Middle

Before World War II, the assembly convened regularly at Geneva in September; it was composed of three representatives for every member state, each state having one vote. The council met at least three times each year to consider political disputes and reduction of armaments; it was composed of several permanent members (France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and later Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and several not permanent members elected by the assembly. The decisions of the council had to be unanimous. The secretariat was the administrative branch of the league and consisted of a secretary-general and a staff of 500 people. Several other bodies were allied with the league, such as the Permanent Court of International Justice, called the World Court, and the International Labour Organization. There were some successes which portrays that it wasn't a complete failure as areas such as refugees and famine were recognised and worked on. ...read more.

Conclusion

this was another point on why it was seen as a joke Britain and France were the unwilling leaders of the league and that any country that needed military help would come to them. After USA failed to join they were doing their own things in their own interests for the league. The sanction which led to the depression caused unemployment which spread through Europe and led to the emerging of Dictatorships. Overall, I don't think the League was a complete failure but I t wasn't really much of a success since most of the aims failed. Never truly effective as a peacekeeping organization, the lasting importance of the League of Nations lies in the fact that it provided the groundwork for the UN. This international alliance, formed after World War II, not only profited by the mistakes of the League of Nations but borrowed much of the organizational machinery of the league. Rayad Ali 9P ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1900-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1900-1939 essays

  1. Why did the League of Nations fail to keep peace in the 1930's?

    The civilian government had clearly lost control of the army, and the League's position was that it would deal with the government of the aggressor nation. The league refused to help China, even after they pleaded for help. They believed the problem was too far away and it didn't concern them.

  2. ATHENS & THE DELIAN LEAGUE

    Naxos' revolt was understandable to the extent that Athens would have needed as many allies to fight against Persia as possible, yet now, her treatment of Samos is evident of her methods to keep her allies in order as she rose to become leader of an empire.

  1. The failure of the League of Nations

    and influential country in the world, and therefore the League would probably be unwilling to make a decision which would go against the USA, and it would also mean that a country that was a league member, who had economic sanctions placed upon them would still be free to trade with the USA.

  2. The League of Nations

    Mussolini taking over Abyssinia). These factors made it harder for the League to deal with the challenges of the 1930s.

  1. Why the League of Nations Failed?

    While China had collapsed into chaos as rival warlords divided the huge country between them and created mini-kingdoms. Japan had an army that was set in southern Manchuria to protect the area that had been taken from Russia in 1905, Japan also owned the South Manchuria Railway.

  2. How successful was the League of Nations up to 1929?

    and of four other, non-permanent members; and a secretariat. Both the assembly and the council were empowered to discuss "any matter within the sphere of action of the League or affecting the peace of the world." In both the assembly and the council unanimous decisions were required. Articles 8 and 9 recognized the need for disarmament and set up military commissions.

  1. Why did the League of Nations Fail?

    France rearmed on a major scale in 1935 as a result of German rearmament. The Depression acted as a trigger cause for Japan to turn aggressive - as previously explained. It also aided Hitler's ascension to the rank of German Chancellor in 1933 Structure The structure of the league was

  2. Was the League of Nations a complete failure?

    The Polish army decided to take it over with the use of force. The city stayed under Polish control until the beginning of WW2. The League of Nations didn't do anything about it. The use of violence was applied by the Polish and so the League should have intervened.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work