Sunken Treaties: Naval Arms Control between the Wars

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Sunken Treaties: Naval Arms Control between the Wars

By Emily O. Goldman
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994
352 pp. $45.00

An interesting work by a political scientist curious to discover the applicability of early Cold War arms control theory to the interwar naval agreements. She finds the theory wanting, not least because it isolated arms control from broader political relationships, which prove in practice to be determinative. Historians of the period may bridle at her self-conscious attempt to extract lessons from the interwar period and may criticize the relative paucity of explicit discussion of financial considerations behind the Washington and London treaties. Such weaknesses as there are, however, are counterbalanced by a clear and cogent narrative and by the insightfulness of the concluding chapter, which suggests interesting parallels with our own time. A clearly written and thought-provoking work.

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