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Arms Races in International Politics – From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo, and David Stevenson


This book 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 as well as land and naval competition during the 1920s and 1930s; and nuclear as well as conventional weapons since 1945. Armaments policies a ... More

Keywords: arms races, international relations, military policy, world wars, Cold War, post-Cold War, nuclear weapons, armaments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Mahnken, editor
Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, US Naval War College

Joseph Maiolo, editor
Professor of International History, King's College London

David Stevenson, editor
Stevenson Professor of International History, London School of Economics & Political Science

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