League of Nations

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  • Russia

    Poland invaded Russia, forcing them to sign the Treaty of Riga, giving Poland 80,000 sq kilometres of Russian land. The League of Nations took no action as Russia was a communist country.
  • Vilna

    Vilna was declared capital of Lithuania. however, it was home to many Poles. A private Polish army took control of the capital. Lithuania appealed to the League, and they requested Poland to leave the capital, bu the refused and the League took no further action.
  • First Meeting of the League of Nations

    The Assembly of the League of Nations meets for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland. The US is notably absent, the Senate having voted against joining the League in November 1919.
  • Aaland Islands

    Sweden and Finland both wanted control. They threatened war before appealing to the League. The League said the islands should go to Finland, and Sweden accepted.
  • Upper Silesia

    German and Polish citizens lived in Upper Silesia. After a plebiscite, it was split into an industrial area (for Germany) and a rural area (for Poland).
  • Washington Conference is Held

    The United States convenes the Washington Conference, attended by Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Japan, and Portugal. The Conference results in a naval armaments treaty that sets a ratio for tonnage of capital ships (over 10,000 tons, with guns bigger than eight inches) for Great Britain, the US, Japan, France, and Italy. The ratio agreed upon, in that order, is 5:5:3:1.67:1.67.
  • Rapallo Treaty

    Lloyd George attempted to organise a conference to discuss German reperations.
    America failed to turn up.
    Germany and France just argued.
    It took place in Genoa.
    Germany and Russia signed a treaty to establish friendly relations.
  • Benito Mussolini is Made Italian Premier

    King Victor Emmanuel declares Mussolini premier in an attempt to head off violent conflict between the Fascists and the Communists.
  • Corfu

    The League appointed Italian general Tellini to supervise the 'sorting out' of the border between Greece and Albania. On 27th August he and his entire team were assassinated. The Italian leader Mussolini blamed the Greek government. He demanded the Greeks to pay compensation and execute the assasinators. When Grece failed to comply, Mussolini bombed the Greek island of Corfu. After appealing to the LoN Greece were seen as the victims, however Mussolini persuaded the LoN to enforce his requests.
  • The Beer Hall Putsch

    Adolf Hitler and General Ludendorf, a World War One hero, lead a small contingent of followers in a harmless, comical attempt at rebellion, for which Hitler is imprisoned for two years.
  • Memel

    A port in Lithuania became an 'international zone' after it was invaded the previous year.
  • The Dawes Plan

    2 year freeze on payment of reperations for Germany.
    German payments were lessened.
    USA offered Germany huge loans.
    France withdrew from the Ruhr.
  • Vladimir Lenin Dies

    Lenin's death leaves some question as to who will be his successor. Joseph Stalin eventually beats out Leon Trotsky to take control of the Soviet government.
  • The Cartel des Gauches wins the French Election

    The Cartel displaces the ruling Bloc National, in a marked victory for the left, but proves unable to govern effectively.
  • Bulgaria

    Greece invaded Bulgaria after a small conflict between the two countries that caused the deaths of Greek troops. The League of Nations forced Greece to withdraw and pay compensation after Bulgaria appealed. Greece were unhappy with the lack of power they had in the negotiations.
  • Locarno

    Ministers of France, Britain and Germany received the Nobel peace prize for the agreements they reached with each other. Germany, France and Belgium kept the borders dedicated to them in the Treaty of Versailles. Germany's eastern borders didn't follow the Treaty. If Germany attacked Belgium, Poland or Czechoslovakia, then France would defend them. Britain and Italy agreed to take action if Germany, France or Belgium attacked each other.
  • Joseph Pilsudski becomes Virtual Dictator in Poland

    Pilsudski maintains this position until his death in May 1935.
  • The Samuel Comission in England releases its Report on Coal Mining

    The Samuel Commission, under the Conservative government, releases a report which advises wage cuts for miners. The Triple Alliance responds by striking, which is emulated by many other industries in England to protest he Conservative government's policies.
  • Germany joins the League

    Admission of Germany to the League; Germany made a permanent Member of the Council.
  • Kellog-Briand Pact

    Leaders of 15 countries gathered and signed the pact of Paris agreeing never to attack each other.
  • The Young Plan

    Cost of reperations is even further reduced.
  • Wall Street Crash

    The Wall Street Crash of 1929 (October 1929), also known as the Great Crash, and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout.