Abyssinian crisis

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What happened in December 1934?
a dispute about the border between Abyssinia and the Italian Somaliland flared into fighting.
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What did Haile Selassie, the emperor of Abyssinia, do?
He asked the League to arbitrate
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What did the League do in response?
In July 1935, the League banned arms sales to either side, and in September 1935, it appointed a five-power committee to arbitrate.
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What did the committee suggest?
that Italy should have some land in Abyssinia.
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What happened next?
Instead, Italy's 100,000-strong army invaded Abyssinia. The Italian troops used poison gas and attacked Red Cross hospitals.
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What did the League do after this happened?
Britain and France refused to intervene. In December 1935, news leaked out about the Hoare-Laval Pact, a secret plan made by the foreign secretary of Britain and the prime minister of France to give Abyssinia to Italy. By 1936 Abyssinia was conquered
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What effect did the crisis have on the League as a peacekeeping force?
Everybody realised that Britain and France were not prepared to use force. Smaller nations realised that the League could not and would not protect them. The league was weak.
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What did Britain and France do when the league crumbled?
Britain and France decided that the League was useless to stop war, and followed instead the policy of appeasement. Hitler was encouraged to move ahead with his plans.
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What did Haile Selassie, the emperor of Abyssinia, do?

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He asked the League to arbitrate

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What did the League do in response?

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What did the committee suggest?

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What happened next?

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