Many events throughout history had leading factors contributing to our current International Relations system. With many events, it starts from early on; every little detail and action causes a rippling effect on the future. There have been many events that have been developing factors but amongst the most prominent events is the Treaty of Versailles and the Gunpowder Revolution. The Treaty of Versailles leads to the development a meeting of nations that then failed, only to then rebuild a better meeting amongst nations.
The Gunpowder Revolution became one of the most profound and impacting developments warfare has ever faced. On the night of November 11, 1918, when the Treaty of Versailles is signed, it was known as the “World to End All Wars” officially being over. World War 1 had officially ended being the most destructive war the world had seen at that point. It left such a bad taste for war that most nations in the world were willing to go to great lengths to avoid another conflict like this one.
President Woodrow Wilson called for a meeting among the nations to create “mutual guarantees of the political independence and territorial integrity of States, large and small equally.” With that mindset, the League of Nations was formed in early 1920.The League of Nations is to be a place for countries to settle their disputes without resorting to war. Part of the Leagues charter also gave it the authority to take “any action…to safeguard the peace.” Unfortunately for the world, while the whole idea of the league was a good one, it had many flaws. The largest problem they faced being enforcement of any League of Nations rulings.
The League didn’t have its own military. So how could it enforce the agreements made within? The second problem was that the United States refused to sign on to the League, leaving control of the league as a mostly European affair. Not to imply that the United States was so important that the League could not have functioned without the U.S.
The United Nations, established after the Second World War, learned from the mistakes of the League of Nations and prospered, becoming more successful and still to this day resolving peace amongst countries. If it were not for the many fails caused by the League of Nations, the United Nations would not be successful. As an international system, over time we have learned from our past mistakes to further improve our nations together. The discovery of gunpowder provoking a revolution like nonother was a leading factor in the changing of our International Relations System. Gunpowder changed war from being fought with medieval weaponry and battle tactics to more modern day weapons and tactics because the gunpowder powered weapons are more deadly. Weapons that use gunpowder to launch projectiles have a greater range than melee weapons and are more powerful than bow and arrows.
The gunpowder revolution has impacted the worlds’ way of intimidating and attacking other nations. Today, gunpowder has changed to nuclear warfare that has sparked an even bigger revolutionary warfare.