The Birth Of The League Of Nations

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Karyn Hogu
Analytical Paper
IR 349 Section G1
The Birth of the League of Nations

The Great War, now commonly referred to as World War One, ended on November 11th, 1918. In its wake lied a tremendously devastated Europe, which was where the majority of the carnage took place. Following World War One, Europeans were struggling to restore some sense of normalcy for themselves and their families. To do that, maintaining peace was imperative. Europe’s economy was in shambles, their land was left greatly damaged and citizens were emotionally scarred from the abundant fatality of the war. Thousands of European soldiers died and left behind families who were mourning while trying to overcome the widespread poverty that remained in the wake of
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Though they understood that countries needed to have some artillery on hand in case of emergency, they recognized the fine line between self-defense and militarization and how it needed to be treated carefully. It was clear that Europe’s sense of security was fragile and any actions that could be interpreted as aggression would be taken seriously. The language of Article 11 of the Covenant of the League of Nations emphasized just how serious threats to international peace, particularly European peace, will be taken. And the tone echoed the fear and uncertainty that most Europeans had. Although former President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson may of intended for the League of Nations to be an international body whose purpose was to “afford mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity” for its members, it was no such thing. Instead, it was an insurance policy whose signatories’ motivation for joining was fear, not to cooperate and foster interdependence.
Many times when covering the creation of the League of Nations, history books make the mistake of romanticizing the reality that brought forth this organization. In actuality, European countries were not thinking about how they can create new partnerships and solidify their old ones at the end of WWI. European leaders were not thinking of how to protect the political independence of sovereign nations. They were terrified and
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