Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century


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This volume provides the first comprehensive history of the arms racing phenomenon in modern international politics, drawing both on theoretical approaches and on the latest historical research. Written by an international team of specialists, it is divided into four sections: before 1914; the inter-war years; the Cold War; and extra-European and post-Cold War arms races. Twelve case studies examine land and naval armaments before the First World War; air, land, and naval competition during the 1920s and 1930s; and nuclear as well as conventional weapons since 1945. Armaments policies are placed within the context of technological development, international politics and diplomacy, and social politics and economics. An extended general introduction and conclusion and introductions to each section provide coherence between the specialized chapters and draw out wider implications for policymakers and for political scientists. Arms Races in International Politics addresses two key questions: what causes arms races and what is the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198735267
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/14/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas G. Mahnken is currently Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College and a Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His most recent books are Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present and Future of Regional Security (2014) and Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice (2012). He is co-editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies.

Joseph Maiolo is Professor of International History in the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and Visiting Research Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence University, Oslo. He is author of Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War, 1931-1941 (2010), co-author of An International History of the Twentieth Century (2014), and co-editor of volume II of The Cambridge History of the Second World War (2015). He is co-editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies.

David Stevenson holds the Stevenson Chair of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (1996); 1914-1918: the History of the First World War (2004); and With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 (2011). He is currently preparing an international history of the year 1917.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Joseph Maiolo
PART I: Before 1914
1. Introduction: Before 1914, David Stevenson
2. The Anglo-German Naval Race, 1898-1914, Matthew S. Seligmann
3. Land Armaments in Europe, 1866-1914, David Stevenson
4. Introduction: Between the Two World Wars, Joseph Maiolo
5. Land Armaments, 1919-1941, Evan Mawdsley
6. Naval Armaments Competition between the Two World Wars, Joseph Maiolo
7. Aircraft and the Arms Race between the World Wars, Richard Overy
8. Introduction: The Cold War Arms Race, Thomas Mahnken
9. The United States and the Cold War Arms Race, Timothy D. Hoyt
10. The Soviet Union and the Cold War Arms Race, Sergey Radchenko
11. The Cold War Arms Race: Forces Beyond the Superpowers, Vojtech Mastny
12. Introduction: Extra-European Arms Races and Developments since the Cold War, Thomas Mahnken
13. Arms Races and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Avi Kober
14. Arms and Assistance in South Asia 1953-1965: Why Racing Alone Explains Little, Rudra Chaudhuri
15. Racing from Behind: China and the Dynamics of Arms Chases and Races in East Asia in the 21st Century, Tai Ming Cheung
16. Armaments Developments since the Cold War, Thomas Mahnken
Conclusion, David Stevenson

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