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Why did the League of Nations fail in the 1930's

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Why did the League of Nations fail in the 1930's? The League of Nations came into existence on the 10th January 1920. It came into existence on exactly the same day that the Treaty of Versailles came into operation. The League of Nations was based in Geneva, Switzerland. When the League came into existence , it had aims which were to stop war and settle international disputes, to improve people's lives and to improve people's jobs. It also had another aim which was to enforce the Treaty of Versailles. The structure of the League was the Secretariat, which was supposed to so-ordinate the different functions of the League and a disadvantage of the secretariat was that there were too few secretaries to do the work who were also slow. There was also the Council which met four or five times a year. ...read more.


However, no matter how hopeful and optimistic the supporters of the League of Nations were about the future in 1930, there was a downfall in the League. The League's authority was challenged quite a lot of times by the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and later by the Italian attack on Abyssinia. My reasons for this are that in 1931, when the Japanese troops invaded the Chinese land of Manchuria, the Chinese appealed to the League. China's appeal took over the Japanese troops and the League ordered Japan to remove the Japanese troops from Manchuria. Unfortunately, Japan refused so the League decided to govern the area themselves. Japan once again refused this, so it withdrew itself from the League. Neither economic or military sanctions were thought about, so this showed up as the first weakness that the League of Nations had. ...read more.


After December 1939, the League did not meet again. The reason why I think that the League of Nations was partly a failure, was because it failed to keep the peace in the world. As my conclusion, the League of Nations to me was not successful because it did not have much stability to be successful. It has a good enough structure, but as the Assembly only met once a year then this shows me that it seems as though they did not try hard enough as they could of met up more and organised meetings to discuss other matters that could happen. It was also quite stuck when Mussolini ignored the League's sanctions and had disobeyed them. Mussolini thought that it would be fine to do this as the League didn't give strict sanctions so Mussolini. Another weakness from the League was that it did not include the most strictest sanctions that it could of to have been a successful League of Nations. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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