Conflict and Compromise: International Law and World Order in a Revolutionary Age

By Edward McWhinney | Go to book overview

5 THE ROAD TO DETENTE
Security of Territorial Frontiers

In the past, and particularly between the two World Wars, disarmament was sometimes viewed as a sort of universal panacea for the assorted ills of the world community: by persuading competing states to reduce the size of their armies or the tonnage or fire-power of their battle fleets, you could keep the peace despite the justness or unjustness of the prevailing political settlement. It was one of the great illusions of the victors of World War I that the Versailles Treaty of 1919 an essentially one-sided peace settlement that required (in its Article 231) defeated Germany to declare its sole responsibility for the War as the basis for the humiliating postwar military occupation and absurdly exaggerated financial reparations could be artificially maintained by tying the beneficiary "succession" states to the main wartime victors in a series of interlocking military alliances, and by hemming in the defeated powers by all sorts of verbal constraints on their power to rearm in the future. Unlike the 1815 Congress of Vienna, which aimed at a just and sensible peace for victors and defeated alike, the Treaty of Versailles imposed a Carthaginian settlement under which the enemy must be destroyed or kept down at all costs. The Congress of Vienna built a century of peace in Europe, whereas the Treaty of Versailles contained within itself the seeds of its own rapid destruction. The lesson from this experience would seem to be that effective disarmament programmes should go hand-in-hand with just political settlements, or at least with timely and equitable revisions of political dispositions.

This truth was not lost upon continental European political leaders who realized, very early, that if détente were to become meaningful and normative in inter-bloc relations, it must proceed on the two fronts at once: first, and in the absence of a

-71-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Conflict and Compromise: International Law and World Order in a Revolutionary Age
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 160

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.