The strengths and weaknesses of the L of N structure

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  • The Strengths and Weaknesses of the L of N's structure
    • Weaknesses
      • It relied heavily on the good will and persuasion of member,
      • It had very little power and no permanent army,
      • Although there were many members, some important countries were missing like the USA,
        • Germany allowed to join in 1926 but left in 1933,
        • Japan left in 1933
        • Italy left in 1937,
        • Russia didn't join till 1934 but was expelled in 1939 for war with Finland,
      • The L of N 'collective security' was undermined as countries made treaties
        • 1921- at the Washington Conference, USA, France, Japan agreed to limit size of navies,
        • 1925- Locarno Pact between France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Czechoslovakia to accept the borders by the T of V,
      • General disarmament was still in hope. Disarmament conference(1932-34) tried without fail to disarm
        • France saw it as a threat to security
        • Germany said that if other countries didn't disarm, she had a right to re-arm to protect herself,
      • There was still war time bitterness and suspicion and rivalry between countries,
    • Strengths
      • There was universal good will towards the L of N by ordinary people and governments,
        • People accepted it as they wanted to prevent another war
      • Most of the worlds leading countries had joined like GB, F, I,J and defeated countries were allowed to join later,
      • By the 1930s, there were 59 members,
      • When joining the L of N, countries had to sign a covenant that made the authority of the T of V in stone,
      • By 1920s, there was air craft and telephone so it was easier for countries to meet
      • They solved some disputed between countries and was successful,
        • In 1921, Finland and Sweden clashed over Aaland Islands
        • Greece attacked Bulgaria,
      • They attacked slavery traders in Africa and Burma and closed four big drug industries,


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