that ended the First World War
. It was the first permanent international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant
, included preventing war through collective security
, and settling international disputes through negotiation and arbitration
. Other issues in this and related treaties included labour conditions, just treatment of native inhabitants, human and drug trafficking, arms trade, global health, prisoners of war, and protection of minorities in Europe.
1919 The League of Nations is founded.
1920 The League of Nations holds its first meeting, and ratifies the Treaty of Versailles, therefore ending World War I.
1920 The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
1920 First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva.
1922 The League of Nations awards mandates of Togoland to France and Tanganyika to the United Kingdom.
1922 Hungary is admitted to League of Nations.
1924 The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
1926 Brazil leaves the League of Nations
1926 Germany is admitted to the League of Nations.
1933 Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.