Asianism In The League Of Nations

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The League of Nations, first established on 10 January 1920 was created with the promise of maintaining global peace and preventing international disputes and wars. It was seen as a world Parliament, where countries would discuss their difficulties with each other. Any threat of war would be classified as a concern for the whole League, and action would have had to be taken. The process was that with any emergency occurring, the Council would meet immediately, with the right to bring forward situations threatening to disturb peace between nations. To ensure success, the League could issue an arbitrator through the Court of International Justice, or…show more content…
Having undergone industrialization and Westernization, Japan was still not considered as a part of the Western community, rather as a threat due to its high status as an Asian nation- potentially representing the Asian powers from the Western perspective. Ideology changed and Japan itself, leaned towards the concept of Pan-Asianism. Putting on a façade, Japan saw itself uniting Asian nations to make it seem like they were doing so to liberate them from Western colonial powers. Whereas in reality, the invasion was a result of Japan wanting to prove itself superior to the Western world through occupying large regions; China being the starting…show more content…
Japan’s main source of trades was from USA, thus economic and trade sanctions would be powerless as USA, being an isolationist never joined the League in the first place. War as an option was eliminated because The Geneva Protocol was never ratified, leaving the League without an army to consider militaristic action. Thirdly, the USSR wasn’t a League member and would have definitely opposed Japan’s invasion of Manchuria. Russia had previously claimed Manchuria and Japanese invasion of Manchuria was close to Russia’s strategic interests. Previous events also played a great role in determining the League’s decisions. It was reluctant to ban arm sales to Japan, as it was afraid that Japan might declare war. Furthermore, other members part of the League were also hesitant to impose economic sanctions or stop trade with Japan; as the Depression was already damaging world trade- stopping trade completely would hurt their

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