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What were the strengths and
weaknesses of the league?
· Highly organised structure
· Lots of members
· Didn't have an army,
· Didn't have the USA
· Veto
· Members were weak after WWI…read more

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What were the successes of the
League in the 1920s?
· 1920-21 Aaland Islands
­ League prevents conflict between Finland and Sweden over
which country owned these islands.
­ League decides that islands should remain part of Finland
but should govern themselves.
· 1920 Upper Silesia
­ On the border between Germany and Poland. Contained
both German and Poles.
­ League divided the area ­ 1/3 to Poland, 2/3 to Germany.
· Improved living and working conditions around
the world.
· Returned 400 000 WWI prisoners to their homes.…read more

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What were the failures of the
League in the 1920s?
· 1919-20 Vilna
­ Former capital of Lithuania, but contained many Poles.
­ Seized by polish army in 1919, so new government of Lithuania appealed to
the League.
­ League protested against Polish action, but Vilna remained under Polish
occupation.France Supported Poland's claim to Vilna in return for Polish
support in event of future attack by Germany.
· 1923 Corfu
­ Italian General, Tellini, was murdered in Greece. Mussolini demanded huge
compensation from Greek government although they didn't know who the
killers were so Greece appealed.
­ League's council suggested the Greeks pay compensation to the League
which would be handed back if the murderers were found. Mussolini had
other ideas and got his way.
­ Greece had to pay Italy what it was demanding.
· Disarmament.…read more

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Which two international
agreements in the 1920s were
about disarmament?
· Kellog-Briand Pact
­ 65 nations agreed not to use force.
· Washington conference
­ USA, Britain, France, Japan (most of all),
agreed to limit their navies.…read more

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What were the effects of the
depression on the work of the
League of Nations?
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