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The League of Nations On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the armistice is signed effectively halting the war The final Treaty of Versailles is signed on June 28 1919 The League of Nations a former international organization which was established by the treaty of Versailles a peace treaty that ended World War I Like its successor the United Nations its purpose was the promotion of international peace and security The League was a direct product of World War I in the sense that the conflict convinced most persons of the necessity of averting another such cataclysm But its background lay in the visions of men like the Duc de Sully and Immanuel Kant and in the later growth of formal international organizations like the International Telegraphic Union and the Universal Postal Union The Red Cross the Hague Conferences and the Permanent Court of Arbitration were also important stepping-stones toward international cooperation With the proposal of Wilson Woodrows fourteen points and the creation of the Covenant the League of Nations was officially in session The basis of the League was written into the Treaty of Versailles and other peace treaties and provided for an assembly a council and a secretariat Because the peace treaties had created the League of Nations the League was bound to uphold their principles The League of Nations attempt to stop wars improve peoples lives encourage disarmament and enforce the Treaty of Versailles due to a poorly structured organization and a Treaty set out to make the strong nations stronger The original membership of the league included the victorious of World War I it also included many of the major powers such as Britain and France with help from Italy The league also included 42 other minor countries The headquarters chosen for the League was Geneva Switzerland The exclusion of the United States Germany and Russia might have been what separated the League
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