The Failure Of The League Of Nations

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World War II was the first global war the world had ever witnessed. This war killed more people, involved the most nations and cost countries millions of dollars. The war started in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. The Second World War was fought between the Axis Powers and the Allied Powers. The United States remained neutral during majority of the war, until they were forced into war by Japan bombing Pearl Harbor. After the war many countries experiences economic hardship and there was an atmosphere of international distrust. World War II could have been prevented if the Treaty of Versailles resolved the proper issues, if the League of Nation stopped Hitler before hand and by not imposing such impossible economic sanctions on Germany. Even …show more content…
In its creation it left out Germany and the Soviet Union. The United States Senate refused to joint the league. This alone weakened the league. The League of Nations did have some success in the beginning but that did not outweigh their failures, especially those that correlated with World War II. The Axis powers were causing trouble before they had even come together. The Japanese launched the Manchuria affair, where Japan created a state in China. The League condemned them for this and Japan simply left the league and started planning for more intervention in China. Benito Mussolini, the dictator in Italy sought to capture modern-day Ethiopia. The Italians invaded in 1935 and all the League did was impose economic sanctions. The League was now seen as an ineffective peace keeping body. The Treaty of Versailles had made the Rhineland a demilitarized zone. Hitler wanted all of Rhineland and risked sending in troops, however, he was met with no opposition. The Munich Pact of 1938 allowed Germany to annex Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland. Britain, France and Italy signed this. Many refer to this as appeasement, the league was trying to satisfy Hitler in hopes that he would be satisfied and make no more war efforts. This was a failed plan as Germany invaded Poland the following year. If the League of Nations had acted on Japan, Italy and Germany then they would have fulfilled the collective security they were supposed to impose, rather than give countries means to start wars and

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