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Why did the League of Nations fail?

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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 The last meeting was held on April 8, 1946; at that time the league was superseded by the United Nations (UN).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.

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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.

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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.

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