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France and the World Disarmament Conference of 1932-34

Davies, T. R. (2004). France and the World Disarmament Conference of 1932-34. Diplomacy & Statecraft, 15(4), pp. 765-780. doi: 10.1080/09592290490886838


Traditional accounts of the disastrous World Disarmament Conference of 1932–34 have placed the blame for its failure on France. Recent historians have revised this picture by describing the internal and external constraints on French policymakers and by delineating the equally obstructive policies adopted by the Anglo-Saxon countries. This article outlines each of these approaches, but takes the defence of France one step further. By assessing the evolution of French policy at the World Disarmament Conference, the article demonstrates that France was prepared to make greater concessions for the sake of agreement than any other country.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Diplomacy and Statecraft on 10 Aug 2010, available online:
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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