How successful was the League of Nations?

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The League of Nations was created as a result of the terms of the Versailles Treaty. The purpose of the League of Nations was to serve as a place where countries could take their disputes to try to resolve their issues without going to war.

Unfortunately, the League of Nations was not successful. One factor that hindered the League of Nations is that the United States refused to join it. The concept of the League of Nations was the idea of President Wilson. However, some United States Senators believed if we joined the organization, we might get dragged into conflicts that weren’t in our best interests. Our lack of involvement was a key reason for the failure of the League of Nations.

The League of Nations also failed because it didn’t have the power to enforce its recommendations. There was no provision in place to deal with members who didn’t follow a recommendation made by the League of Nations. Additionally, when some countries became aggressive in the 1930s, the League of Nations didn’t take action to deal with these aggressive actions.

The League of Nations was generally not successful in accomplishing its goals.