Essay about Birth and Demise in The League of Nations

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Birth and Demise in The League of Nations

They say time is a great teacher. How true. History has taught us that peace must be kept at all costs. The tragic story of the League of Nations centers around the man who conceived it and offered it to the world. The man who developed its charter and who died from exhaustion after his own country, the United States, refused to ratify it in the senate . On November eleventh, 1918 an armistice was declared in Europe. The President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, saw this as an opportunity to form an international organization of peace. The league was brought forth to provide security against future wars. However, the league did not fulfill the hopes of it's founders, it did not
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The American President's speech was the force that leads to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Conversely, after congress had voted, only three of Wilson's fourteen points were accepted without compromise and six of the others were rejected altogether. The reason for this uncertainty by the congress was because, "the Fourteen Points were all couched in broad, rather vague terms, well designed to serve their propaganda purpose, but hardly suited to the negotiations of which in the sequel, they were to become the basis" . Wilson wanted the League of Nations because he believed that World Wars would continue to occur as long as each nation was responsible for their own defense. Wilson wanted the nations of the world to stand together in the League of Nations, and promise to defend the territory and freedom of any member attacked by another nation. Wilson believed that in order to keep peace the League needed the authority to impose economic sanctions against aggressor states but the League did not have any military forces to back up these economic threats. He believed that even a powerful nation, knowing that it would face combined opposition of all the powerful nations, would not go to war. In Europe, Wilson also met some confrontation with the Fourteen points. The

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