From left to right: He enumerated his war aims in his famous Fourteen Points speech, with the last point calling for the creation of a League of Nations.
The League of Nations Summary American President Woodrow Wilson intended the League of Nations to be The league of nations primary body of a new style of international relations based on the cooperation of all of the nations of the world.
The League was to be centered in Geneva, Switzerland, a neutral location. Small nations as well as large nations were asked to join, dependent on their acceptance of the Covenant of the League.
The League of Nations first met in November Forty-two nations were represented at this first meeting. Notably absent were German, Russia, and the United States. Germany, identified as the aggressor in World War Iwas barred from admission at first, and admitted in Russia, now the Soviet Union, was not invited to join the League due to the radical policies of the new communist government.
The Soviet Union finally became a member of the League in In Novemberthe US Senate voted against accepting membership to the League, and the nation never joined. The League of Nations operated through three agencies: The Assembly met annually, and consisted of a delegation from each member nation.
Each member had one vote. The Council was composed of four permanent members and four nonpermanent members, serving as a sort of cabinet, with some executive powers. The Council was responsible for the prevention of war through disarmament, resolving disputes, and supervising the mandates of the League.
The League of Nations succeeded in providing assistance to bankrupt nations, supervising its mandates, and resolving conflicts between minor powers. During the early s, the League made two attempts to outline a mechanism by which international conflicts could be contained and resolved.
Both methods aimed to identify the aggressor nation and pledge League support to the victim. The Treaty of Mutual Assistance, the first of these two efforts, was drafted in The treaty failed, due to consensus that deciding which side of a conflict was the aggressor was far too difficult to do in just four days and without any concrete guidelines.
The treaty also mandated military participation on the part of the member nations, a clause distasteful to many. Inthe League tried once again to outline a mechanism for the containment of war. The Geneva Protocol provided for compulsory arbitration of international disputes by the League.
This proposal was brought down by the British delegation, whose overseas colonial leaders feared that they would be dragged into European affairs by the Geneva Protocol. Commentary The League of Nations was at first heralded as the bastion of a new system of international relations in Europe.
Under the Westphalian system the elites of government often met in secret to determine the fate of Europe and the world. World War I shattered the old system along with the empires that had maintained it. American participation in the war was a major step toward a shift in the balance of world power, and the beginning of the end for European dominance.
The brutality, and to some, apparent needlessness, of the war and the changing face of European geography led to new ideas about how international affairs should be managed. The secretive nature of the Westphalian system had led to petty resentments, the pursuit of narrow self-interest, and the division of Europe into warring camps.
Many, including Woodrow Wilson, felt that a more open, all- inclusive system would be more fostering to cooperation, a concept of international justice, and peace. The League was seen as a way to institutionalize these goals and strive for peace as a collective world community. The League of Nations was an organization wracked by contradictions and insufficiencies from the start.
Membership was determined by the acceptance of the Covenant of the League, which stated the goals and philosophy upon which it was founded. The covenant, however, had been drafted by small committees behind closed doors, thus violating the spirit of "open covenants openly arrived at" expounded by the Covenant of the League itself.
This contradiction foreshadowed similar crises of ideology in the future for the League. The founding and structure of the League of Nations was established primarily for the purpose of preventing future wars, a new concept for Europeans who traditionally believed that war was a necessary and inevitable outgrowth of international relations.
However, the League could not come to a decision on how best to do this, without infringing on the sovereignty of the member countries, as would have been the case if the Treaty of Mutual Assistance or the Geneva Protocol had been passed.
The failure of these two measures left the League with only the power to invoke economic sanctions against a nation determined to be the aggressor in a conflict, and greatly called into question the authority and ability of the League to mediate conflicts.
The League of Nations thus exercised only limited powers, and did so clumsily. Despite these shortcomings, the League of Nations did accomplish some of its unification and pacification goals, and perhaps most importantly, set the stage for the United Nations, which would take its place after World War II.srmvision.com is the official site of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, and the governing body of football in Europe.
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Although the League was unable to fulfill the hopes of its founders, its creation was an event of decisive importance in the history of international relations.
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The League of Nations was an international organization that existed between and Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the League of Nations vowed to promote international cooperation and preserve global peace. The League achieved some success, but it ultimately was unable to prevent the.