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The London Naval Conference of 1930
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781612513263
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: Interwar Period
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Subject: Naval History
  • Date Available: February 2014
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- Advance Praise -

“John Maurer and Christopher Bell have assembled a world-class group of scholars to examine the interwar naval arms control regime.  Their topic is not only one of great historical importance, but also, given the prospect of strategic competition and naval rivalry in the Asia-Pacific region, of considerable contemporary relevance as well.”Thomas G. Mahnken, Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, U.S. Naval War College

“A skillful treatment of a key episode in naval history that expertly links international diplomacy to naval power.  Particularly important for all those interested in arms control, naval history, and the background to World War II.”—Jeremy Black, professor of history, University of Exeter, author of War and Technology and The Great War and the Making of the Modern World

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"At the Crossroads between Peace and War is a most valuable addition to the historiography of arms control initiatives during the interwar period. It should attract and instruct a readership extending well beyond naval historians."

- Michigan War Studies Review

"At the Crossroads Between Peace and War is a very good collection of essays interweaving the story of diplomacy with naval history."

- Naval History Book Reviews, Issue 38

“It is more suited to academics and should prove a useful source of background material for authors.  It doesn’t of course just look at the Japanese, nor focus overly on air power, but looks at all aspects of the London Naval Conference.  Various experts handle essays analysing the impact and implications from the point of view of various nations, not least the British.  Most importantly, it shows the role of intelligence gatherers and politicians in pursuit of conflicting national strategies during the interwar years.”

- Warships International Fleet Review

This volume provides fresh perspectives on the international strategic environment between the two world wars.  At London in 1930, the United States, Great Britain, and Japan concluded an important arms control agreement to manage the international competition in naval armaments.  In particular, the major naval powers reached agreement about how many heavy cruisers they could possess.  Hailed at the time as a signal achievement in international cooperation, the success at London proved short-lived.  France and Italy refused to participate in the treaty.  Even worse followed, as within a few years growing antagonisms among the great powers manifested itself in the complete breakdown of the interwar arms control regime negotiated at London.  The resulting naval arms race would set Japan and the United States on a collision course toward Pearl Harbor.

John H. Maurer serves as the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College.

Christopher M. Bell is professor of history at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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