Organisation of the League?

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How did the covenant work?
It was written into every peace treaty of 1919-23. Wilson hoped this would mean all countries accepted it.
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What weaknesses did this bring?
The League shared many weaknesses of the treaties. Defeated powers were not consulted or invited to join, victorious powers didn't really agree. USA never joined- undermining League's power.
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What was the structure of the League?
All members could send representatives to the assembly which was the League's parliament. Met once a year, all nations were equal. Smaller council set up to act quickly. Great powers tried to control council.
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What did the Secretariat do?
Arranged work of council and assembly.
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How many members did the League have?
42 when set up and this increased gradually.
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What were the regulations on membership?
defeated nations excluded at first. Germany joined in 1926 and left in 1933. Russia joined in 1934 and founder members like Uitaly and Japan subsequently left.
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Which nations dominated the League?
Britain and France. Britain saw the League as a harmless talking shop with no real authority whereas France wanted to enforce the terms of the treaties.
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What really tested the League?
Aggression. The council could technically raise armies from members but in practice countries were reluctant to this. The Covenant said sanctions would be used to dter aggression- all members would refuse trade.
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What was one of the League's weaknesses?
It could deal with smaller nations but was too weak to deal with great powers such as Japan and Italy.
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How was the creation of the League idealistic?
It attempted to ensure no country would relive WW1 horrors. It was the first organisation were countries worked together in peace.
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With what areas was the League weaker?
Equal voting rights in all decisions caused problems. Disarmament proved unsuccessful; mandated countries never gained planned independence.
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What suggests the League was a failure?
USA's refusal to join left the League with serious weaknesses. It had no armed forces to deal with aggression. Its craetors were too optimistic when they expected all nations to accept authority.
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What suggests it was a success?
Members worked well together when they wanted to cooperate. Successful with humanitarian issues.
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