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Causes for the failure of the League of Nations

Causes for the failure of the League of Nations

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The League of Nations did not succeed in its prime aim of settling disputes among nations through peaceful means. Its failure was not its fault. It was indeed the failure of the member nations because they were responsible for it.

1) The United States of America, whose President was responsible f o r founding the League of Nations, could not become a member. Hence the league looked like a building without deep foundation.

2) Whenever the member nations were not happy with the attitude of the League, they were permitted to leave the Organisation.

3) In 1931 Japan captured Manchuria and  renamed  it Manchuko and made it a puppet state. When the League protested against this, Japan resigned from the League. It weakened the League.

4)   The  League  of  Nations  did  not have a permanent force or army of i t s own to implement its policies.

5)  The rise of   dictatorship   in Italy, Japan and Germany weakened     t h e chances of  success of the League.

6)   The statesmen who dominated the League lacked  practical wisdom. Their approach remained somewhat  Utopian and it began to be called by some as “Geneva Conference of Fools”.

7) The above factors where responsible for the failure of league of nations. Yet it  tried its level best to solve international problems and paved way for the formation of U.N.O after the second world war.

First World War (1914-1918)

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