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From Versailles to Geneva: The many forms of interwar disarmament

Webster, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-9727-9516 (2006) From Versailles to Geneva: The many forms of interwar disarmament. Journal of Strategic Studies, 29 (2). pp. 225-246.

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This article examines the six distinct varieties of disarmament pursued in the aftermath of the First World War, each of which had a meaningful impact upon international relations during the interwar period: the arms restrictions imposed upon the defeated powers; the unilateral cuts to armaments and military budgets made by the victors; the limitation of naval arms through ‘private’ treaties among the key maritime powers; the League's limited initiatives to establish regimes of control over armaments during 1920–25; the League's attempt to link arms reductions to the simultaneous creation of new systems of security during 1922–25; and the League's ‘general disarmament’ process of 1926–34, covering all nations and all spheres of armaments. It concludes that the success or failure of all these varieties was always ultimately determined by the political will and the self-interest of the major powers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: 2006 Taylor & Francis
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