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I think both the Manchurian Crisis and the Abyssinian Crisis damaged the League equally They both showed the Leagues weaknesses and how ineffective it was Both crises showed that the members of the League were only acting in their own interests and that the members of the League disregarded their own rules The situation in Manchuria was similar Japan who was also a leading member of the League lacked natural resources They became desperate and invaded Manchuria in 1931 The Japanese were anxious to escape from the depression They kicked out the Chinese and renamed Manchuria- Manchoukou When the Chinese asked for help again the League agreed They sent a group of officials to investigate It took the League over a year before they decided to act They ordered Japanese out of Manchuria and Japan responded by leaving the League Though the League imposed sanctions on Japan most countries still continued to trade with Japan Their fragile economy would collapse without the Japanese The League failed and Japan continued to occupy Manchuria With the Abyssinian Crisis Italy one of the main members of the League disobeyed the rules of the League and invaded Ethiopia because Mussolini wanted to turn the Mediterranean Sea into an Italian lake The Ethiopian emperor Haile-Selassie asked the League for help and the League agreed They imposed various sanctions on raw materials such as rubber and metal If the League really wanted to stop Italy they would have put sanctions on petrol but they didnt France and Britain also came up with a plan to give Mussolini parts of Ethiopia Mussolini was not satisfied and invaded Britain and France without the acknowledging the other members of the League of Nations secretly gave Ethiopia to Italy Mussolini eventually conquered Abyssinia in 1936 While the League was busy with Abyssinia Hitler marched into the Rhineland As a result no one trusted the League anymore and they had no reason to
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