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Although the League of Nations is generally seen as a failure, it did achieve certain successes, but are these overshadowed by its failures? Watch this video to find out.

The League's successes and failures

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Key points

  • In the 1920s, the League was successful at attacking the slave trade, fighting leprosy and bringing half a million prisoners of war home.
  • It settled a border dispute between Sweden and Finland, and stopped a war between Greece and Bulgaria.
  • However, when it was faced with a strong country prepared to ignore it, the League could do nothing.
  • In 1926, Germany had been allowed to join the League, but in 1933 they left.
  • In 1935 Germany re-armed and in 1936 re-occupied the Rhineland. In 1938 Germany and Austria united. The League could do nothing.

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