A look at the League of Nations' impact on international military action and its failed role in protecting Abyssinia from attack by Italy. Although the League had called on member countries to impose sanctions on Italy, most members had ignored this. Britain knew that it could not rely on the League for support in opposing Germany.

First broadcast:
17 October 2007

Analyse the importance of the various weaknesses in the structure and operations of the League of Nations. Could it have been made stronger? Discuss what the Abyssinia crisis tells us about relationships between countries in the League of Nations. Debate whether the actions of Britain and France made them complicit is acts of aggression. Compare the League with the UN, looking for similarities and differences.