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The transnational dream: Politicians, diplomats and soldiers in the League of Nations' pursuit of international disarmament, 1920–1938

Webster, A. (2005) The transnational dream: Politicians, diplomats and soldiers in the League of Nations' pursuit of international disarmament, 1920–1938. Contemporary European History, 14 (4). pp. 493-518.

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Abstract

The pursuit of disarmament was central to the work of the League of Nations throughout its existence, but it was a relatively small and consistent set of national representatives who sat on the many bodies created to deal with the issue. Unfortunately, the gradual development of a sense of ‘transnational’ community among these delegates was never able to overcome the more powerful imperatives of national self-interest. Disarmament was always tied too closely to the issue of security for the individual governments of the major powers to view it from anything other than a strictly national strategic perspective.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Humanities
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 2005 Cambridge University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23953
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