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

Hardcover | February 13, 2016

EditorThomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo, David Stevenson

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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; theinter-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 areplaced 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 armsraces, and what is the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars?

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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; theinter-war years; the Cold War; and extra-Eu...

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 Strat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:February 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019873526X

ISBN - 13:9780198735267

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Joseph Maiolo: IntroductionPART I: Before 19141. David Stevenson: Introduction: Before 19142. Matthew S. Seligmann: The Anglo-German Naval Race, 1898-19143. David Stevenson: Land Armaments in Europe, 1866-1914PART II: BETWEEN THE TWO WORLD WARS4. Joseph Maiolo: Introduction: Between the Two World Wars5. Evan Mawdsley: Land Armaments, 1919-19416. Joseph Maiolo: Naval Armaments Competition between the Two World Wars7. Richard Overy: Aircraft and the Arms Race between the World WarsPART III: THE COLD WAR ARMS RACE8. Thomas Mahnken: Introduction: The Cold War Arms Race9. Timothy D. Hoyt: The United States and the Cold War Arms Race10. Sergey Radchenko: The Soviet Union and the Cold War Arms Race11. Vojtech Mastny: The Cold War Arms Race: Forces Beyond the SuperpowersPART IV: EXTRA-EUROPEAN ARMS RACES AND DEVELOPMENTS SINCE THE COLD WAR12. Thomas Mahnken: Introduction: Extra-European Arms Races and Developments since the Cold War13. Avi Kober: Arms Races and the Arab-Israeli Conflict14. Rudra Chaudhuri: Arms and Assistance in South Asia 1953-1965: Why Racing Alone Explains Little15. Tai Ming Cheung: Racing from Behind: China and the Dynamics of Arms Chases and Races in East Asia in the 21st Century16. Thomas Mahnken: Armaments Developments since the Cold WarDavid Stevenson: Conclusion