The League of Nations was set up after the treaty of Versailles to deal with issues in the world. This is where the first obstacle comes because the League of Nations only actually had 44 nations involved and the biggest country in the world- the USA- was not one of these nations, making the League of Nations look weak from the onset. Without America it was going to be hard to make a real impact, but the league tried to make a good impact on the world by creating special commissions to combat world problems. The main achievements the league wanted to gain were World Disarmament, to improve living and working conditions, To enforce the treaty of Versailles and to stop all wars. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was created to improve living and working standards in the world, The health committee sought to put a stop to the spread of prominent diseases such as Malaria and Polio, The slavery commission wanted to end the slavery, trafficking and prostitution rings and the Commission for Refugees sought to repatriate all the prisoners of world war 1 back to their countries of origin.
In terms of the League’s desire to end war, the only criteria that can be used to classify a success, was whether war was avoided and a peaceful settlement was reached after a crisis between two nations. One of these disputes was made by Sweden and Finland regarding the Aarland islands. These islands are near enough equal distant between Finland and Sweden. They had traditionally belonged to Finland but most of the islanders wanted to be Swedish. Neither Sweden nor Finland could come to a decision as to who owned the islands and in 1921 they asked the League to make a judgement. 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