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How successful was the League of Nations in the 1930s? - Abyssinia

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The Abyssinia role-play activity 

It is the 5th October 1935. The Prime Minister has called an emergency meeting of Cabinet to deal with the question of Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia two days previously. Each of his Ministers has been briefed by their department and are ready to report back to the PM. At the end of the meeting the PM will sum up what will be the government’s response. 

The class will be divided into teams of five playing the most important members of the British Cabinet in 1935.
The Abyssinia role-play activity 
See the videos of previous role-plays. 

Andrew Boxer - Appeasement 

Boxer is an IB/A Level text so expect some difficulties. Making the most of it now will prepare you for your coursework and for one of the most important topics studied at IB.

Carefully read McAleavy and Mason. 

Under five main headings explain the main causes and consequences of the crisis: (i) Background e.g. the rise of Mussolini in Italy (ii) The Italian invasion e.g. key events and dates (iii) League Action - e.g. October 1935 imposition of trade sanctions (iv) Why the League failed - e.g. wanted to keep Mussolini as an ally (v) Long-term consequences e.g. - the crisis provided Hitler with his first opportunity to test the resolve of the League, Germany invaded the Rhineland. 

In making the notes it is important that you use McAleavy and Mason. Mason gives you the structure but McAleavy has far more detailed examples that you will need to support examination answers.

McAleavy 58-61, Mason 32-33.