23.1 It would be idle to pretend that the UN is an uncontroversial body, though widespread ignorance of its workings contributes to this. Without some knowledge of its history it is particularly difficult to understand the UN’s present situation.1 Its principal predecessor, the League of Nations, established in 1919, had been notably unsuccessful, failing to have any significant impact on the events leading to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. With the end of the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations, the League of Nations brought...
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