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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…
At the end of the Second World War the body count added up to sixty million people dead and an unknown number of wounded dwarfing the causality count of the First World War. So again, the victorious nations decided that the world needed a place where the nations of the world could assemble and discuss their issues peacefully. On October 24, 1945 the United Nations was formed. The United Nations, like the League of Nations before it, allowed the nations of the world to talk to each other out in the open. The U.N. has many of the same attributes as the L.O.N. including the same basic layout, with a single main assembly and a smaller “security council” that consists of five permanent nations and a number of rotating ones. One could say that the United Nations is like a League of Nations 2.0. Of course the United Nations has failed many times in its mission to protect its member nations; however it has also succeeded in quite a few areas where the league failed such as attempting to protect its member nations, holding international criminals accountable, and helping influence international policy. However, going over all of those topics would take too long so we will focus on one aspect of the United Nations mission, protection. At this point in time has the United Nations been a success or a failure in its goal of protecting the member nations?
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