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Causes And Failures Of The League Of Nations

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Introduction
“I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.”
It was with these words that Woodrow Wilson called for the formation of the League of Nations. By 1919, after extensive discourse between the Big Three, the league was born and its ideals and structure concocted. The League’s chief goals compromised of preventing war through collective security, disarmament and using negations to solve disputes between nations. After the end of World War I, such an organisation was essential to solve border disputes and prevent another war. After numerous noteworthy successes and a few initial failures in the 1920s, the League of Nations finally proved inept of preventing hostility from the Axis in the 1930s. And, as stated by Dr. Afroz Alam, “the onset of the Second World War suggested that the League had failed in
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Organisational faults included but weren't limited to the absence of major powers, the ease of withdrawing, the idea of collective security, the need for a unanimous vote, the veto and ambitious aims. The powers available were limited- economic sanctions were inadequate whilst military actions were difficult to implement. In my opinion, Manchuria and Abyssinia, were the turning points and made the league appear as incompetent, due to failed solutions, secret treaties and unfair justice. These events are proof that peace couldn't be maintained due to self interests and lack of mutual co-operation. This allowed dictators like Hitler to get their way, paving the path to war. I believe that the reason of paramount importance for the failure were self interest and the lack of collaboration that shined during the crises of the 1930’s. The league had
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