Effects of the Great Depression on the League of Nations

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  • Effects of the Great Depression on the League of Nations
    • People lost faith in the League.
      • Unemployement and poverty in Germany led to the rise of extremist parties such as the Nazis, who promised to solve economic and social issues. The Nazis made no secret of their plan to overturn the Treaty of Versailles and regain what Germany lost.
        • The situation in Germany worried France, who started to build their defences on the French-German border.
        • Poses a threat to the League. The League can be effective against small countries, but once the situation gets out of hand, there's nothing the League can do.
    • The Depression threatened a complete collapse of Japan's industry. It led Japan to take over Manchuria which is an industrial part of China.
      • This was a problem for the League because Japan was a powerful country, and the League couldn't do anything about Japan's invasion, thus encouraging the idea that the League was ineffective.
        • Therefore, this must have encouraged Hitler to start military operations as it proves that the League can't stop large countries.
    • The situation in Germany worried France, who started to build their defences on the French-German border.
    • Unemployement and poverty in Germany led to the rise of extremist parties such as the Nazis, who promised to solve economic and social issues. The Nazis made no secret of their plan to overturn the Treaty of Versailles and regain what Germany lost.
      • Poses a threat to the League. The League can be effective against small countries, but once the situation gets out of hand, there's nothing the League can do.
  • This goes against several International Laws (such as the Locarno Treaties) because France is arming itself when its supposed to be peaceful with Germany.
    • This poses a problem for the League as this creates another dispute to deal with, and this time it's between two powerful nations; Germany and France.

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