The Rise and Fall of the League of Nations: A Failed Attempt at Global Peace

TLDR The League of Nations, created after World War I to prevent another global conflict, ultimately failed in its goal due to a lack of enforcement power. Despite some moderate successes, such as banning chemical warfare and addressing humanitarian issues, the League was unable to prevent acts of aggression by countries like Japan, Italy, and Germany, leading to its dissolution in 1947.

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00:00 The League of Nations was created after World War I to prevent another global conflict, but ultimately failed in its goal.
02:19 Woodrow Wilson's 14 points included the creation of a League of Nations to ensure peace and justice after World War I, an idea that had been proposed by philosophers and European intellectuals in the past but never gained traction until Wilson's advocacy.
04:14 Wilson personally chaired the sessions at the Versailles Conference to create the League of Nations, which was established on January 20, 1920, and consisted of a general assembly with membership peaking at 58 countries in 1935.
06:04 The League of Nations consisted of an executive council, a permanent secretariat, and a general assembly, and despite Woodrow Wilson's efforts to get the United States to join, the treaty was not ratified by the Senate, ultimately hampering the organization.
08:09 Despite its achievements in banning chemical warfare, establishing international courts, promoting cooperation in various fields, and addressing humanitarian issues, the League of Nations ultimately failed due to its lack of enforcement power, as demonstrated by its inability to prevent various acts of aggression and conquest by countries such as Japan, Italy, and Germany, leading to its demise and closure.
10:07 The League of Nations expelled the Soviet Union after their invasion of Poland and Finland, transferred most of its power to the Secretary General during the Second World War, and ultimately dissolved in 1947, with its assets and property transferred to the United Nations.
12:04 The League of Nations, despite its failures, had some moderate successes and laid the foundation for the United Nations, with British diplomat Robert Cecil being one of its key advocates and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
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