The League of Nations and its Impact on World Peace
Through my studies and research I have come to the following conclusion about the League of Nations: despite all of President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts, the League was doomed to fail.I feel this was so for many reasons, some of which I hope to convey in the following report. From the day when Congress voted on the Fourteen Points, it was
Obvious that the League had a very slim chance of being passed in Congress, and without all of the World powers, the League had little chance of surviving.
On November 11, 1918 an armistice was declared in Europe. Wilson saw the opportunity to form an international organization of peace to be formed. He acted quickly. On January 18, 1919 he released his fourteen points. The Fourteen Points consisted of many things, but the most important was the fourteenth-the establishment of a league of nations to settle international disputes and to keep the peace.After congress had voted, only three of Wilson’s fourteen points were accepted without compromise.Six of the others were rejected all together.Fortunately the League was compromised.
Wilson then went to Europe to discuss the Treaty of Versailles.Representatives from Italy, France, and Britain didn’t want to work with the nations they had defeated. They wanted to hurt them.After much fighting and negotiating, Wilson managed to convince them that a league
Of nations was not only feasible, it was necessary.
The Senate supported most of the Treaty of Versailles but not the League. They thought it would make the U.S.A. too involved in foreign affairs.Wilson saw that the League might not make it through Congress, so he went on the road and gave speeches to sway the public opinion.Unfortunately, Wilson’s health, which was already depleted from the negotiations in France, continued to recede. Wilson’s battle