The League of Nations

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  • The League of Nations
    • Established January 1920.
    • Aims of the League were set out in a covenant.
      • List of 26 articles, or laws that all members agreed to follow.
        • These articles incouraged countries to...
          • Work together.
          • Ease international trade.
          • Improve living and working conditions for the world's people.
          • Disarm
          • The most important article was no. 10
            • It stated that members of the League would act together to ensure that any member threatened with war was protected by other members.
            • List of 26 articles, or laws that all members agreed to follow.
              • These articles incouraged countries to...
                • Work together.
                • Ease international trade.
                • Improve living and working conditions for the world's people.
                • Disarm
                • The most important article was no. 10
                  • It stated that members of the League would act together to ensure that any member threatened with war was protected by other members.
    • Woodrow Wilson first came up with the idea in his Fourteen Points.
      • Despite this, he was unable to persuade the  US Congress to join.
        • This weakened the League from the start.
    • Germany, who was blamed for the war, was refused membership.
      • Made the League appear to be a club for the benefit of the victorious countries in WWI.
        • The USSR was also banned from joining as the Allies did not approve of communist politics.
    • The USSR was also banned from joining as the Allies did not approve of communist politics.
    • Initially 42 countries joined the League.
    • Powers of the League
      • Three ways that the League would settle disputes
        • A hearing my an impartial, neutral country
        • A ruling by the International Court of Justice.
        • An  inquiry by the Council of the League
        • If these methods didn't solve the dispute the League would take the following course of action:
          • Moral persuasion - put pressure on the country by lining up world opinion of the world against it.
          • Economic sanctions: members of the Leage could refuse to trade with the offending country
          • Military force - the armed fores of member countries could join together and used against the offending country.

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