United States Effect on the League of Nations Essay

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11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 the Treaty of Versailles is signed; the “War to End All Wars” is officially over. World War 1 officially ends with combined casualties estimated at thirty seven million people. World War 1 was the most destructive war the world had ever seen up to that point. It left such a bad taste for war that most nations in the world were willing to go to great lengths to avoid another conflict like this one. President Woodrow Wilson in his Fourteen Points called for a “general association of nations…formed on the basis of covenants designed to create mutual guarantees of the political independence and territorial integrity of States, large and small equally.” With that Idea in mind the League of Nations was formed in …show more content…
11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 the Treaty of Versailles is signed; the “War to End All Wars” is officially over. World War 1 officially ends with combined casualties estimated at thirty seven million people. World War 1 was the most destructive war the world had ever seen up to that point. It left such a bad taste for war that most nations in the world were willing to go to great lengths to avoid another conflict like this one. President Woodrow Wilson in his Fourteen Points called for a “general association of nations…formed on the basis of covenants designed to create mutual guarantees of the political independence and territorial integrity of States, large and small equally.” With that Idea in mind the League of Nations was formed in early 1920.The League of Nations is to be a place for countries to settle their disputes without resorting to war. Part of the Leagues charter also gave it the authority to take “any action…to safeguard the peace.” Unfortunately for the world, while the whole idea of the league was a good one. It had many flaws. The largest problem they faced being enforcement of any League of Nations rulings. The League didn’t have its own military. So how could it enforce the agreements made within? The second problem was that the United States refused to sign on to the League, leaving control of the league as a mostly European affair. Not to imply that the United States was so important that the League could not have functioned without U.S. But, the League
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