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World War One Aftermath: League Of Nations - Aims, Structure And Methods

In GCSE History one topic studied is World War One and its aftermath. One aspect of this that is looked at is the League of Nations. This is the first of four quizzes on that subject, focussing in particular on the aim, structure and method of the League of Nations.

President Woodrow Wilson of the United States was determined to set up an international organisation whose aim was to ensure world peace by any method, after the horrors of the Great War. He insisted that a clause requiring adherence to the League of Nations should be part of every peace treaty signed by all victorious states.

Discover more about the aim, method and structure of the League of Nations in this quiz.

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  1. What document set out the aims of the League from the beginning?
    This was an early document setting out ideas for the purpose and structure of the new body
  2. What name was given to the forum where all League members were entitled to gather to discuss issues in Geneva?
    This body was to hold a representative of all members. However, there was a much smaller group, which had greater decision-making powers
  3. An agency of the League was set up to adjudicate legally on disputes referred to it. What was its name?
    The League's founders believed that a high-powered international court could reach fair decisions on disputes between member states and so reduce the risk of armed conflict
  4. One part of the organisation looked after the interests of the former colonies of defeated states. What was this body called?
    All states defeated in the Great War lost their colonies, which were allotted to several of the victorious states. However, they had to submit annual reports to this body to describe the progress that was being made towards eventual independence
  5. Which off-shoot of the League was responsible for monitoring employment issues?
    The founders of the League believed that poor labour practices contributed to instability within and between states - hence the founding of this body
  6. Which state's proposal for an international army received little support from other League members?
    There was provision for military action by members in extreme cases of aggression, but this would depend on members providing military forces at the time. If the League had its own forces, it would be able to react more quickly and effectively
  7. Nansen, a distinguished Norwegian explorer and statesman, controlled which specific League of Nations commission?
    The League enjoyed the services of public-spirited people, who were concerned with serious issues - as well as war - which threatened international order
  8. What was the job title of the international civil servant in charge of the League's Secretariat in Geneva?
    The League had a permanent administration based in Geneva, to oversee its work, including the operations of the various commissions tasked with specific topics
  9. What name was given to the relatively small group of member states who could authorise action on the League's behalf?
    This body had permanent and non-permanent members (states who rotated as members)
  10. Which of the following states was initially excluded from League membership for poor previous behaviour?
    The League's founding fathers believed that League membership was not an automatic right extended to all states, but something that had to be earned

Author: Edward Towne

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