League of Nations

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World War I

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League of Nations

The league succeeded in returning refugees, and prisoners of war back to heir homeland. 400,000 prisoners were returned back to their homelands in the first few years post war. In 1922, hundreds of refugees needed housing, and the league acted swiflty, stamping out many fatal diseases, such as cholera, smallpox and dysentery. Unfortunately, the refugee committee was very short of funds. In the 1930s, the lack of authority for the league made work tough.


How did the League of Nations work for a better world?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was successful at reducing the work hours of small children, and removing poisonous white lead from paint. Alongside that it pleaded employers to improve their employee's working conditions, making a 48-hour week, yet only a small proportion of members took it up as it would raise industrial costs. Lack of funds, and ability to punish countries undermined the great work the ILO was doing for the League of Nations.

The Health Committee added some vital benefits to the lives of many. It collected lots of information, and fed that onto databases, which were monitered by their various institues around the world. These institutes also recieved funding for research into infectious diseases. At these institutes, they developed vaccines for various deadly diseases such as leprosy and malaria. Their campaign to exterminate mosquitoes greatly reduced the number of cases of malaria and yellow fever. Even anti-league USSR took up the advice given to them bu the Health Committee on preventing plague. It is considered one of the most successful organisations of the league, and still, in part still runs today

The League of Nations suggested the use of shipping lanes, and also created an international code for highways, for road users.


The League blacklisted 4 major companies from some of the major European powers, because they were involved in illegal trading of drugs. This freed 200,000 slaves in Sierra Leone, which was owned by Britain. Organised raids against the owners and traders of slaves were often successful, in Burma. After challenging the use of forced labour on the Tanganyika railway in Africa, they cut the death rate from 50% to 4%.




Image of WW1 refugees

Image of the Tanganyika Railway

By Jamie Dunbar 4J


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