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THE CONSEQUENCES OF AMERICAN ACTIONS AFTER THE WAR

The failure of the United States to join the League of Nations greatly affected European affairs in the succeeding decades. The League of Nations was never the organization it could have been with American involvement. Many European leaders felt that the United States could have been the “honest broker” in the League, and that with U.S. involvement the League could have had more substance. In addition, Europeans expected the United States to be a major player in European and world affairs in the years following the war. Led by the Senate, the United States backed off of the commitment, and entered a period of isolationism that would last through the 1930s. It was only after World War II in 1945 that America finally took the role that many thought it would take in 1920.

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