League of Nations

By: Stephanie Timm

What is it?

It was point number 14 of Wilson's "Fourteen Points," that ensured that war would not break out again after WWI. It lasted from 1920 to 1946 and 48 countries joined.

How it worked

In case of a dispute, they could do three things. They could peacefully discuss the problem. If a single nation was seen as a threat, they would warn them to leave the other nation's territory or they would introduce economic consequences. If they ignore the warning, they would introduce economic sanctions. This was used to financially hit the aggressor to make them do as the League wanted. They wanted to lead the nation into bankruptcy so the people living in the nation would take their aggression out on the government, forcing them to do as the League wanted. If this failed, they would take physical action. Military force would be used to enforce the League's decision.

Why it failed

The League of Nations failed for a number of reasons. They had a number of failures and were weak in power. Other reasons include over-ambitious aims, the fact that America and the USSR never joined, and the economic depression made maintaining the League difficult.

Long Term Causes and Effects

Had the League been put into effect prior to WWI, many lives would have been saved and a war of that size may have been avoided.

Short Term Causes and Effects

It helped countries in the League avoid potential wars and keep a large amount of peace during the time.