League of Nations Essay

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To what extent was the League of Nations successful?

Introduction
The League of Nations was an organization established as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. The association was founded with the intentions of reducing weaponry and settling feuds between countries. It was also developed to deal with human and drug trafficking, labor conditions and global health. The organization’s principal mission was to maintain world peace. 

Successes
In view of the League’s desire to end war, success was classified in whether war was avoided and a peaceful settlement formulated after a crisis. The League had prevented a few conflicts in Europe in the 1920s and worked hard to eliminate various public health and social problems around the world.

Aaland Islands…
The Aaland Islands are nearly equally distant between Finland and Sweden. They had traditionally belonged to Finland but most of the islanders wanted to be governed by Sweden. Neither Sweden nor Finland could come to a decision as to who owned the islands and in 1921 they asked the League to give a ruling. The League’s decision was that they should remain with Finland but that no weapons should ever be kept there. Both countries accepted the decision and it remains in force to this day.

Upper Silesia…
The Treaty of Versailles had given the people of Upper Silesia the right to have a referendum on whether they wanted to be part of Weimar Germany or part of Poland. In this referendum, 700,000 voted for Germany and 500,000 for Poland. This close result resulted in rioting between those who expected Silesia to be made part of Weimar Germany and those who wanted to be part of Poland. The League was asked to interfere. After inquiries, the League decided to split Upper Silesia between Germany and Poland. The League’s decision was accepted by both countries and by the people in Upper Silesia.

The Greek- Bulgarian War
Both Greece and Bulgaria have a...
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