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Date Posted: 21:21:55 06/04/03 Wed
Author: Mr John D Clare
Subject: How successful was the League of Nations?
In reply to: 's message, "League of Nations" on 21:05:25 06/04/03 Wed

This is an opinion essay, isn't it - it is asking you to give your opinion. So you know how to do it - arguements for/ arguements against/ conclusion.

IN SOME WAYS, the LoN WAS a success, especially in the 1920s. If you look on the website at
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations4.htm,
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations5.htm and
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations_SAMBOK_VIMCOD.htm
you will find pleanty of ideas for things to say were a success - especially if you discount border disputes and wars; the LoN's work in medicine, International Court, economic aid, refugees etc was fantastic. The International Labour Organisation STILL exists.

BUT, HOWEVER, in many ways the LoN was a failure. If you go back over the pages on the 1920s you will find plenty of stuff there to label a 'failure', but as soon as you go into the 1930s (Manchuria, Abyssinia and HITLER!) the League was a disaster. there is plenty stuff on the website at
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations6.htm
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations6b.htm and
http://www.johndclare.net/RoadtoWWII3.htm

IN CONCLUSION, THEREFORE, I would finish by measuring the LoN against its aims:
to stop war (oops! I did it again - WW TWO this time)
to improve people's lives and jobs (some minor gains, but, again WWII, fascit dictatorships and the Holocaust/genocide are a bit of a setback there)
to get disarmament (ha!)
to enforce the Treaty of Versailles (oh yes - what about appeasement? german disarmament? Rhineland? Anschluss? reparations? TOTAL failure here, i think!)
...and yet, the IDEA of the League - what about that. Isn't there an argument that the spirit of thre League lived on, and became the United Nations, and is STILL the main hope we have for world peace???
Maybe not such a failure after all?

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