Frederick William shared this view and was unwilling to potentially cause a war with such a powerful state. This caused the Frankfurt Parliament to fail because Prussia did not grasp the opportunity to unite and neither did the King, therefore Germany remained divided. Although he desired power, William IV was not willing to put himself and Prussia under control of the Frankfurt Parliament as he distrusted ‘the gentlemen of Frankfurt’. This meant that the Parliament had no real leader, and so lost support because people distrusted the parliament as an influential figure stated he would not be associated with them. This aided in causing the failure of the Parliament because with no real leader, no one could influence the masses or help to make decisions.
First and foremost, Wilson was incredibly unwilling to alter anything about the Treaty; he refused all compromise. There is some background to this as well – much of Congress was Republican or had recently switched to being Republican. Obviously, there is inevitable opposition as Wilson was a Democrat, and he refused to allow any Republicans to assist in writing the treaty. His strong stance on the necessity of the League of Nations went against the Monroe Doctrine, which declared a policy of isolationism that led the US into a period of prosperous economic success, and made congressmen very frustrated with him. Furthermore, Congress was disappointed in the fact that Wilson left some important things in order to compromise with the other countries.
The League also didn’t work because America didn’t join and it was the American President Woodrow Wilson who created it and it would never have worked unless all the nations were allowed to join. The failure of this organisation encouraged Hitler because he had witnessed how weak and inefficient it was. The Abyssinia Crisis is a good example of how the League
It was often the cases of self interest that these two nations resorted too. In Manchuria, Britain and France were unwilling to send their armies nor fleets, in Abyssinia, they did not close the Suez Canal , which could have stopped Mussolini's invasion and they did not ban important war materials such as coal, oil and steel. The USSR was the only country powerful enough to send troops to force the aggressors into accepting the League's wishes, but they weren't in the League. Without the USA, the League was permanently weakened. Had the USA been in the league, Japan wouldn't have conquered Manchuria and Mussolini would have backed off Abyssinia.
The crucial weakness of the Weimer republic lay not in the strength of its enemies but in the striking absence of its friends. Germany had enjoyed relative stability throughout 1920-1924, it was later realised as a veneer of stability and would crash following the collapse of wall St. there was still many latent, structural problems ready to surface once trouble struck. One of the key reasons for the demise of the Weimar Republic was that the post-war situation was not conducive to the creation of a radically new system of Government. Mostly, Germans had no say in the new government and it was strongly forced upon, the Weimer republic was the only hope they had in order to bring back nationalism and stability at the time, although during the 1920’s, all it could be seen as was an unstable democracy, with little support. Temporary successes during the Weimer republic includes the foreign policy, Germany is finally invited to join the league of nations, this represented change as it stated it the treaty of Versailles that this was not permitted.
Clemenceau resented Wilson’s generous attitude towards Germany and Lloyd George’s desire to not treat Germany too harshly. He said “if they British are so anxious to appease Germany they should look overseas and make colonial, naval or commercial concessions”. These disagreements left the big three unsatisfied and ultimately left them with a weak mere shadow of a perhaps great treaty due to their own arrogance and. It contained many faults and weaknesses. The treaty of Versailles greatly humiliated Germany forcing it to accept soul responsibility for the war.
It was not the strength of the opposing forces, both liberal and conservative, but rather the stubbornness of Wilson that led to the defeat in the Treaty of Versailles. Wilson himself was an incredibly stubborn man and was the main reason the treaty failed in his hands. His inability to compromise caused him to loose support within the Democratic Party, thus resulting in the Senate defeat of the
The failure of foreign policy in the years 1514-1525 can be attributed to many things. The combination of Henry's isolation from European affairs and the fact that his attempts to raise tax were ultimately unpopular failures, meant that he had no way to impose himself upon Europe. Even when he did manage to scrape together the finances needed for a strong foreign policy his reliance on his allies led to disaster. As soon as Henry took the throne in 1509, it was obvious that he was a king that wanted to fight a war. However, wars generally led to very expensive costs to the country.
The truth lies most evidently in source 6, for the context of Henry’s reign gives an insight into these situations being rooted in Henry’s menial resources. Moreover, it could be proposed source 4 and 5 also conform to this reasoning, for it was his chronic lack of assets that led to his inability to sway European politics. Henry’s foreign policy failed because of a range of interchanging factors, yet they are all born from his definitive lack of resources. The other prominent leaders in European diplomacy were instrumental in Henry’s failed foreign policy. Source 4 and source 6 both illustrate the problems leaders like Maximillian and Ferdinand posed to Henry.
The League’s failure to maintain relationships between potential aggressor members and communicate with them effectively was a major factor that contributed to the gradual demise of the League and a favorable argument to the ongoing debate of the Leagues inability to perform collective governance. Britain, France, Italy and Japan had the power to veto the assembly’s decisions, even if they were unanimous. This gave those found countries a distinct advantage over the rest. There were 42 original members of the League of Nations. They included Australia, the Republic of China, Columbia, Canada and Peru.