Set up and Structure of the League of Nations

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  • Set up and Structure of the League of Nations
    • Significance of League being created from TofV
      • Humanitarian aims which foster improvement in living and working standards
      • To discourage the pursuit of war and aggression on the part of any nation
      • To encourage economic co-operation in the areas of business and trade
      • To encourage world wide disarmament
    • Why America did not join the League
      • The league was linked to the Treaty which some Americans hated
      • Many Americans were recent immigrants and as German immigrants had never approved of USA joining war, they did not want them in the League either
      • They did not want their trade to be suspended due to League sanctions
      • The economic cost of joining
      • Some Americans were anti-British or anti-French
      • They did not want to get involved in any more European affairs or be dragged into more wars
    • The impact of America not joining the League
      • Sanctions did not work properly which were many of the mechanisms for enforcing League decisions
      • Made the League seem less powerful
      • Arguably, the League functioned less effectively than it may have if USA had joined
      • League could not accomplish its aims without troops, power and money
    • Why other countries did not join the League at its inception
      • Germany was not allowed to join the League until it had shown it was a peace-loving country
      • USSR were fighting a civil war at the time so it was unclear which government would come to power
        • Rising fear of communism
      • The defeated nations were not allowed to join immediatly
    • Impact of other countries not joining the League
      • Germany was deeply offended
      • Less countries, the weaker the League
      • Less troops
      • Economic sanctions did not work
    • Methods in organisation of League that allowed it to settle disputes between nations
      • The Permanent Court of International Justice
        • Gave decisions on border disputes between 2 countries and gave legal advice to the Assembly or Council
      • The Assembly
        • Could recommend action to Council and vote on new members, league budget and other ideas put forward by Council
      • The Council
        • Could use moral condemnation, economic and financial sanctions and military force
      • League's Commisions
        • The Mandates Commision
        • The Refugees Committee
        • The Slavery Commission
        • The Health Committee
    • Weaknesses in the structure of the League
      • The Council and Assembly only met once a year
      • The Secretariat was understaffed
      • The Veto- meant that one permanent member could stop council acting even if all other members had agreed
      • The Council's decisions overruled
      • The Court had no way of making sure that countries followed its rulings
      • Decisions made by the Assembly had to be unanimous


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