Transnational Campaigning for Disarmament: Lessons from between the two World Wars

Davies, T. R. (2008). Transnational Campaigning for Disarmament: Lessons from between the two World Wars. Paper presented at the Disarmament and Globalization: Old and New Wisdoms, 7 Jan 2008, CISD, SOAS, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper explores the lessons for the present day of historical campaigning for disarmament. In particular, the paper assesses the experience of one of the largest transnational non-governmental campaigns ever to have been undertaken: the campaign for general and comprehensive disarmament that took place between the two World Wars which claimed to mobilize in support of its objectives up to half of the world’s population at the time. With its conclusion that activist tactics were at least as important as external circumstances for the failure of the campaign, this paper suggests the pitfalls that contemporary movements should aim to avoid.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science
U Military Science
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/8352

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