German Disarmament After World War I: The Diplomacy of International Arms Inspection 1920-1931

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Februar 2006



This book examines three major areas of the multinational disarmament of Germany from 1920-31: the role and experience of British, French, Italian, Belgian, and Japanese arms inspectors working amidst an embittered German populace, the ramifications of the divergent disarmament priorities of the leaders of the disarmament coalition, and the effectiveness of united international policies backed by sanctions. These issues are examined within the overall context of the assessment of Allied disarmament operations in Germany. Foreign policy considerations of the coalition nations, such as the British notion of the balance of power versus French security concerns, and their effect on military operations in Germany, are discussed throughout the narrative. The book breaks new ground by arguing that the international disarmament of Germany after WWI was a success, not a failure as usually perceived - in short, that arms inspections worked and that they reduced Germany's ability to pose a threat to European security. This has obvious resonance with the recent events in Iraq. The book fills a gap in the historiography of European diplomatic and military history.


1. Introduction 2. Allied Demands at the Paris Peace Conference 3. The Organization and Hierarchy of Allied Disarmament and Military Control 4. Armaments: The Allied Offensive on War Material 5. Armaments: The Allied Offensive on War Production 6. Effectives: The Reduction of German Military Forces 7. Fortifications: The Destruction of German Defenses 8. Future Control: The Struggle for an Allied Policy 9. Violations, Obstruction, and Abuse 10. Uncertain Allies 11. Transformation 12. Superficial Control 13. Conclusion
EAN: 9780415358088
ISBN: 0415358086
Untertitel: 'Cass Series--Strategy and Hist'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 259 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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