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Two tragic events in the 1930s showed people the League was too weak to stand up to powerful countries. Watch this video find out what happened.

Manchuria and Abyssinia

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Key points

  • Manchuria was a province of China, which Japan had some control over.
  • 1931 - the Japanese claimed that Chinese soldiers had sabotaged the Manchurian railway. Japan attacked and by 1932 had conquered Manchuria.
  • 1935 - Italy invaded Abyssinia. The League banned arms sales to both sides. This hurt Abyssinia more than Italy.

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