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The Work of the League:
Introduced a maximum 48 hour week for workers.
After a few years about 400,000 refugees were returned home by the leagues
Started global campaign to exterminate mosquitoes.
Produced international Highway Code for road users.
Freed 200,000 slaves in Sierra Leone.
Reduced the African workers…

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In 1926 plans were made for a disarmament conference but it took 5 years to even
agree a `draft convention.'
The League had a bad reputation in Germany for not disarming. Germany had been
forced too.
No other countries would disarm to the same level and they didn't want Germany…

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Why did the Japanese invade Manchuria / why did Italy invade Abyssinia?
To gain more resources.
Gain more power.
Gain respect.
To start building an empire.
Revenge (China sabotaged railway / Italy humiliated by Abyssinia's previous
Hit by depression (China and USA put up trade barriers against Japanese goods)…

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Assembly only met once a year, if anything major arose between the year it could
spiral out of control and become and even bigger problem rather than being sorted
immediately when it first came up.
Permanent members could VETO, prevent punishments for themselves and be
Couldn't put on economic…

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Disarmament Conference:
February 1932 ­ conference began
Germany wants other countries to disarm to their level or they rearm to theirs.
Wouldn't allow it.
Germany quit league 1932.
Agreement made to treat Germany equally.
Germany rejoined league 1933.
Hitler came to power started to secretly rearm Germany.
Hitler promised not…

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The treaties it upheld were viewed as unfair.(Bound to uphold peace treaties, later it
became apparent they were too harsh and needed amending, this undermined the
league further.
Economic sanctions did not work (Supposed to be main weapon, when imposed
easily broken, league lacked muscle to enforce decisions of its…


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