Explain Why International Tension Increased over the Crisis in Manchuria.

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"Explain why international tension increased over the crisis in Manchuria." International tension first increased when Japan took control of Manchuria where they were only supposed to be in charge of the railway. This caused the tension to increase because they blew up the railroad, blamed it on the Chinese and used it as an excuse to send in more Japanese soldiers; China appealed to the League and Japan denied everything and then left the League of Nations. This caused more tension because the League of Nations didn’t do anything about it and it caused other countries to take advantage of the leagues sanctions. The Manchurian crisis caused an increase in tension because it proved that the league was not as powerful as was previously thought. Some of the other countries may have realised that as long as they were a part of the League, they could vote against any action being taken against them such as economic sanctions like Japan did. The votes all had to be unanimous otherwise nothing would be done. Other countries started to take advantage (this was the main reason that there was an increase in tension) when the other countries realised that the League of Nations didn’t have enough power to successfully intervene and were probably not going to give out sanctions. Mussolini started the Abyssinian crisis and all the League of Nations did was ban weapon sales to Italy. However, international tension increased because whilst the League was busy with Abyssinia and Italy, Hitler had invaded the Rhineland and was slowly starting to prepare for the Second World
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