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

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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.

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