The League Of Nations : An Organization

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The League of Nations was an intergovernmental organisation founded on January 10, 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. It was the first international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant, included preventing wars through collective security and disarmament and settling international disputes through negotiation and arbitration. Other issues in this and related treaties included labour conditions, just treatment of the native inhabitants, human and drug trafficking, arms trade, global health, prisoners of war, and the protection of minorities in Europe At its greatest extent from 28 September 1934 to 23 February, 1935, it had 58 members.(“Great Events of the 20th Century”).
The diplomatic philosophy behind the League represented a fundamental shift from the preceding hundred years. The League lacked its own armed force and depended on the great powers to enforce its resolutions, keep to its economic sanctions, or provide an army when needed. However, the Great Powers were often reluctant to do so. Sanctions could hurt League members, so they were reluctant to comply with them.during the Second Italo-Abyssinian war
, when the League accused Italian soldiers of targeting medical tents, Mussolini responded that "The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.”("League of Nations Photo Archive.")
After a number of notable…

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