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Enforced Disarmament: From the Napoleonic Campaigns to the Gulf War

Philip Towle


Enforced disarmament has often been ignored by historians, diplomats, and strategic analysts. Yet the democracies have imposed some measure of disarmament on their enemies after every major victory since 1815. In many cases, forced disarmament was one of the most important, if not the most important, of their war aims. The demilitarization of Germany and Japan, for example, was one of the most significant post-war measures agreed by the Soviet Union, Britain, and the United States in 1945, whilst the debate on the disarmament measures imposed on Iraq after the Gulf War continues to rage. The e ... More

Keywords: enforced disarmament, war aim, demilitarization, Germany, Japan, Iraq, Napoleon Bonaparte, Saddam Hussein, post-war strategy, post-war measures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Towle, author
Queen's College, Cambridge