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Author Kitching, Carolyn, 1947-

Title Britain and the Geneva Disarmament Conference : a study in international history / by Carolyn J. Kitching
Published Houndmils, Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003


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Description vii, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Series Studies in military and strategic history
Studies in military and strategic history (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Contents 1. The Problem of Disarmament in International Diplomacy 1919-34 -- 2. Preparations, Policies and Personalities -- 3. The Opening of the Conference -- 4. The Bruning and Hoover Plans: 'April Tragedy' and Betrayal by the Hawks? -- 5. Bringing Germany Back to the Conference -- 6. Drifting to Disaster -- 7. The MacDonald Plan -- 8. The French Amendments -- 9. The Final Stages -- 10. Conclusion
Summary "Britain's role at the Geneva Disarmament Conference has traditionally been seen as that of 'honest broker', mediating between the conflicting demands of Germany, who sought release from the disarmament restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, and France who feared a resurgent Germany. Britain maintained that she had already disarmed to the lowest level compatible with her own perceived security needs, and invited other powers to follow her example. This analysis will show that the traditional interpretation of British policy at the Conference needs to be drastically revised. Whilst publicly paying lip-service to international disarmament, the British Government privately followed policies designed to improve Britain's position relative to other major powers, seeking to increase, rather than decrease, the level of her armaments. Thus, Britain must bear a far larger share of responsibility for the failure of the Conference than has hitherto been assumed."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-226) and index
Subject Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments (1932-1934 : Geneva, Switzerland)
Disarmament -- History.
Disarmament -- Congresses.
Great Britain -- Military policy.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1918-1945.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1910-1936.
LC no. 2002026956
ISBN 0333710460 series