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How did the failure of the League of Nations encourage the rise of Mussolini in Italy?

Asked by Topperlearning User 23rd July 2015, 3:48 PM
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After the First World War, the League of Nations was established in order to maintain peace in the world and prevent another destructive war. However, the real victor of the First World War, the United States of America, never joined its fold. Also, the League was largely formed on utopian tenets; it did not have the will to enforce its writ or the power to back such a move. When dictatorships arose in Germany and Italy, it did not intervene on the side of the democratic forces. Even when such dictatorships sought to undermine international agreements or tried to take over foreign lands - case in point being Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia - the League took no action. Had it acted on time, the ambitious plans of Mussolini would have been stifled. Hence, in a sense, the failure of the League of Nations was also responsible for the rise of Fascism and Mussolini.

Answered by Expert 23rd July 2015, 5:48 PM
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