The League of Nations - an overview

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  • The League of Nations
    • Aims
      • To encourage disarmament.
      • To encourage countries to cooperate.
      • To improve living conditions.
      • To discourage aggression between countries.
    • Strengths
      • Many people supported the League.
      • Were able to solve many border disputes.
      • Met some of their aims
        • Fought for better living conditions.
          • Dealt with the spread of disease
      • Helped refugees.
    • Weaknesses
      • USA never joined.
      • They had no real power.
        • They couldn't stop countries from leaving the League and breaking the terms.
      • Disarmament   was not realistic. Countries were not prepared to make themselves    vulnerable.
      • The structure of the League became a disaster- everyone had to  to agree for action to he taken.
    • Successes
      • Solved many border disputes.
      • Found homes for refugees.
      • Stopped the spread of disease.
    • Failures
      • Some border disputes were not solved.
      • They didn't manage to enforce disarmament which was one of their main aims.
    • Membership
      • There were 42 countries in the League of Nations.
      • Defeated countries were banned from joining.
      • They meet up once a year and discuss any matters. For a movement to pass the vote must be unanimous.
      • The five main members were Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Belgium.
    • Structure
      • Assembly
        • Each country had one vote.
      • Council
        • Met up once a year and in emergencies. It had five permanent members with the power to veto.


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