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Why did isolationist senators object to the League of Nations? Member nations could not establish trade relations. Other members of the League of Nations were Central Powers. The United States would pay all the financial costs of the league Member nations had to defend other members if they were attacked.

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    The last. To be "isolationist" is to not want to be obliged to participate in wars between other nations, e.g. if France and Germany go to war, you don't want to be forced to participate on either side. Remember, the general perception at the close of the First World War was that the war had started over a silly local thing -- the assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist, and only became general because of the great web of mutual treaty obligations that sucked the remaining Great Powers into the war, e.g. once Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, the Russians (traditional defenders of Serbia) felt obliged to declare war on Austria-Hungary, and then Germany (obliged to Austria-Hungary by treaty) had to declare war on Russia, and then England and France (obliged to Russia by treaty) had to declare war on Germany, and then Austria-Hungary had to declare war on France and England. That's certainly oversimlified. There are plenty of ways the nations could have turned aside from war had they really wanted to, treaty obligations or not. But it has enough kernel of truth to make some American politicians extremely wary of gettling tangled up in mutual treaty obligations for the defense of one European nation against another. That all changed after the Second World War, because war was no longer restricted to continents. The advent of the aircraft carrier, submarine, long-range bomber and atomic bomb meant that a war in Europe would probably very quickly spread to the United States, even an ocean away. It was no longer really possible to let the Europeans sort themselves out.

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