Nevertheless the statesmen at Versailles, largely at the inspiration of President Wilson, an inspiration implemented effectively by British thought, created the League of Nations. This is their defense before history, and had the League been resolutely sustained and used, it would have saved us all. This was not to be. Another ordeal even more appalling than the first lay before us. Even when so much else had failed we could have obtained a prolonged peace, lasting all our lives at least, simply by keeping Germany disarmed in accordance with the Treaty, and by treating her with justice and magnanimity. This latter condition was very nearly achieved at Locarno in 1925, but the failure to enforce the disarmament clauses and above all to sustain the League of Nations, both of which purposes could easily have been accomplished, brought upon us the Second World War. Winston Churchill.
Our first topic this year is the work of the League of Nations in the 1930s. Today, we will start by working on the 1st incident, the Japanese invasion to Manchuria in 1931.
Watch this introductory video and then answer the questions which follow.
- How does the video open? What might the connection between the League and the opening scenes in Poland be?
- What problems did Japan face? (Mention ALL of them)
- What was the role of the army in Japan?
- What did army leaders believe Japan needed?
- What was the value of Manchuria?
- What happened at Mudken?
- What did the League do about it?
- What was Japan’s reaction to the decision of the League?
Answer your questions as a new post in your blogs.