How Far Can the League of Nations Said to Be the Cause of the Great Depression

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How Far Can the Failure of the League of Nations in the 1930s be blamed on the Great Depression? The failure of the League of Nations in the 1930s can be blamed partly on the Great Depression because this economic crisis in 1929 influenced the later invasions, such as the Abyssinian Crisis and Manchurian Crisis, which are believed to have undermined the League because it was then seen as powerless and irrelevant, however, it is not the most significant reason as to why the League failed, because both self-interest and the absence of the USA in the League, were major factors that caused the failure of the League, and are more significant origins of the failure than the Great Depression. The Great Depression can be regarded as a significant factor as to why the League of Nations failed in the 1930s because as a consequence, all countries around the world lost their good will, which the League greatly depended on in order to be successful, and lead to militarism; to which the League was unsuccessful in controlling. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression, and hit many powerful countries critically. Therefore, it led to militarism because many countries did not know what to do in response, other than to focus on expansion as a solution to their problems. This happened in Japan, where they were hit by the Depression badly. Due to the Depression, both the USA and China put up tariffs against Japanese goods and the collapse of the American market put the Japanese economy in crisis. Without this trade, Japan could not feed its people and were in crisis, which then led to the Manchurian Crisis, because building a Japanese empire by force by invading Manchuria, was seen as the solution to Japan’s problems the Great Depression brought. Therefore, the Great Depression is said to be the cause of the Manchurian Crisis because they attacked Manchuria,
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