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The League of Nations in the 1920s
A look at the interests of the permanent members of the League's Council and the changing attitudes to Germany in the 1920s, and how the situation changed with the onset of the Great Depression. Britain and France were the most powerful members of the League, but had their own interests. Neither wanted to disarm: France because of protection against future German aggression and Britain because of the needs of Empire. By the mid 1920s there was more sympathy for Germany's desire to renegotiate the Treaty of Versailles. The League had modest successes as the economic situation improved in the 1920s, but this was to change with the Wall Street Crash and the onset of the Great Depression.
A consideration of the relationship between economic prosperity and peace could follow a viewing of the film.
Ask students to consider the motivation of countries in international relations.
Is disarmament ever a realistic possibility?
Did the League's inherent weaknesses mean that it was doomed to failure?
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