• Geoff Simons


The United Nations, like the League, emerged out of political turmoil. Nations had again clashed dreadfully in war, states were again thrown into confusion, and again the dead were numbered in millions. The League had failed to keep the peace, but the hunger remained for an international body able to settle disputes between states without resort to military force. The conflagration of the Second World War, far from discouraging the development of international organisations, had vitally stimulated the efforts to create a successor to the League. The survivors again sought institutions that would prevent such wanton human carnage and such massive waste of treasure. The great army of 50 million dead was the silent midwife of the United Nations.


International Monetary Fund Security Council International Body International Civil Aviation Organisation Small Nation 
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