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

Failure of the League of Nations due to economic and structural issues

Extracts from this document...


1. The League of Nations failed due to structural and economic problems. The League of Nations, an international organization which promoted pace by means of diplomacy, was formed following the First World War during the Paris Peace Conference. Although world peace is appealing as an idea, structural inadequacies of the League and economic issues arising from the First World War prevented the organization in performing its duties. Structural problems crippled the League's control over international security due to the various administrative approvals needed for a plan to turn into action. To further add to this issue, even when a plan was approved, quick action could not be taken as funds to implement it were hard to assemble during the economic downturn subsequent to the war; especially when taking into consideration the absence of major powers in the League - further adding to both structural and economic problems. Thus, structural and economic issues led to the failure of the League of Nations as it attempted to create world peace. ...read more.


Thus, problems that were brought to the League's attention progressively worsened due to the faulty organization and structure, creating time lags in taking action. Economic problems also spurned from the destruction caused by World War One, which further became problems of the League of Nations. Europe was in the process of rebuilding after it had devoted itself to "total war" for four years. Nation's resources had been depleted and every country was only worried about themselves. The problem was that the League could only function if its members were willing to fund the organization. Funding could come in the form of money or military support, but neither of these resources was in excess for any country. Old superpowers like Britain and France were looking to rebuild their nations into their pre-war stature, while new nations, which had been created by the various treaties following the war, were looking to start building a nation. No one was willing to aid the League, and the notion of "helping oneself before helping others" was into heavy consideration by members of the League. ...read more.


Economically speaking, the United States was the only major power that was relatively unharmed coming out of World War One. If America was a part of the League of Nations, they could have potentially given the organization the necessary financial and military aid needed to enforce their will. Although, as this did not happen, the League of Nations suffered economically due to its structure and organization, and ultimately failed in securing world peace. In conclusion, due to the faulty structure of the League of Nations, and the economic downturn that plagued Europe following the First World War, the League failed in preventing another catastrophic war (World War Two) and promoting world peace. As these issues came into play on a regular basis, the League of Nations' international influence and power lessened, setting itself up for an undoubted failure. The appealing concept of world peace was hounded by the League's indecision, nations' greed for power before world peace, and the exclusion of major powers. Thus, the League of Nations could not overcome its shortcomings, and ultimately failed in accomplishing its goals. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History 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 International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. The League of Nations - Although the League of Nations had several successes, it ...

    For them, a further involvement in European affairs meant further loss of money and army. In spite of the fact that Wilson introduced the idea, the United States was not allowed to join the League due to the U.S. Senate's refusal.

  2. Was there continuous economic decline in Britain from 1951 to 1990

    Even the recession of the 70s, unemployment rarely reached 1 million. Also, living standards of most people were rising during this period. Indeed, child mortality was divided by two from 1950 to 1973! For many, weekly earnings rose and work hours fell.

  1. Historical Investigation - League of Nations - Abyssinian crisis

    online sourcebook, was stated by Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia on June 1936 Geneva, Switzerland, asking the members of the LON for its assistance. The value of the speech for this investigation is that the perspective and the condition of Ethiopia on the crisis can be found.

  2. The League of Nations was unable to enforce its policies or maintain peace because ...

    Mussolini ignored the League and invaded Abyssinia. Even though the Abyssinian Emperor appealed to the League for help, it did nothing, and Britian and France actually agreed in the Hoare-Laval Pact to give Abyssinia to Italy. Italy conquered Abyssinia. Due to the problems stated, that the US was not part of the League, some strong countries were

  1. Free essay

    May the League of Nations be considered a complete failure? Answer this question and ...

    Similarly, Russia was not invited to join as it had previously retreated from the war in 1917, whereas Germany would only join later in 1926. The absence of America deprived the League of Nations of military support and of psychological motivation, in addition to causing a tangible financial loss.

  2. Appeal to the League of Nations

    drink Ravage and Terror -Carried out barbarianism in the most densely populated areas of the country -The main point was to get the idea of fear and death across to the people -The tactics worked, as the people would go screaming at the slightest touch of the gas -Humans and

  1. Collapse of the League of Nations

    of communism, Britain and France were the two leading nations in Europe and also in the world as they chaired the League of Nations. In the period between 1933 and 1939 Britain and France refused to use force to stop aggression and accepted the policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany.

  2. League of Nations

    * Because of the absence of the USA and the USSR, and the hostility of Italy, the League was very much British/French affair, which weakened the League from the inside since the British Conservatives weren't especially enthusiastic about it. * When Italy invaded Abyssinia the League blamed Italy and introduced

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