Was the league of nations a success or a failure?

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tjbrewer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The League of Nations was a miserable failure.  It was well intentioned, but not well thought out.  The League had no enforcement power, and no authority.  The League condemned Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia, but could do nothing more.  The League condemned the Kristallnacht in Germany, but again that was all they could do.  And when Italy, and Germany had heard enough condemnations, they withdrew from the league, proving that talk and condemnations were cheap.  With no way to punish disobedience, the League of Nations was nothing more than an alternate diplomacy forum, that was of no use when diplomacy failed.