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why did the united states reject the league of nation after the ww1??

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win | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM via web

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why did the united states reject the league of nation after the ww1??

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laurto | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM (Answer #2)

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The league was heavily linked to the Treaty of Versailles, and many nations who signed it did not agree with its content. America was one of those nations. There was also a problem with the cost of joining. The League did not have an army to enforce and it seemed as not powerful enough. 

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The League of Nations had proud aims but was doomed because it was based on the Treaty of Versailles which most nations signed but disliked. It hoped to aid disarmamnet so stopping wars therefore making the world a better and safer place by improving citizens' working conditions, and by preventing disease. But the US, among other countries wasn't convinced. The organisation consisted of an assembly meeting yearly and a more frequent council for considering crises. A small secretariat was to manage paper work. The Court of International Justice was seen as necessary and many committees (eg  International Labour Organisation,Health Committee) were put to implementing humanitarian work. This was not seen as doable by the US which also saw other weaknesses as well as strengths.
Its main strengths was that it had set up by the Treaty of Versailles, which the nations had signed but didn't like, and there were 58 nations members by 1930s. However the US was not happy. The league had no army to enforce its will, (and anyway the US only had faith in or needed its own) and though it could give arbitration through the Court of International Justice, or apply trade sanctions against countries that went to war this was not seen as powerful enough.
Many other nations disliked the Treaty of Versailles and considered that its aims were far too ambitious. Not only that, but Germany and Russia  were not members either. The League's its adminstration was seen as way too heavy impractical and onerous and also decisions were going to be made unanimous only.

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