The United States and Disarmament

The United States and Disarmament

The United States and Disarmament

The United States and Disarmament

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Referring to the coming world disarmament conference, President Hoover recently said: "Of all the proposals for the economic rehabilitation of the world, I know of none which compares in necessity or importance with the successful result of that conference." With regard to the same conference, Viscount Cecil has remarked that the task of disarming transcends every other political issue on earth. The present volume is written to review the problem of heavy nationalistic armaments and to consider the question of their impropriety in a period of economic internationalization. It is the purpose of the author to show how in one decade the world's greatest navies have been subjected to limitation and control through conference action--a phenomenal development which has been so aptly described by Ambassador Gibson as an amazingly rapid acceptance of a revolutionary idea. Finally, an effort is made to summarize the issues which will be laid before the world disarmament conference. These matters are considered from the standpoint of the United States which, after all, has vast human and economic reasons for seeking to promote the orderly conduct of world affairs.

The obligations of the author are manifold and only a few can be specifically acknowledged. Much valuable coöperation has been received from my colleagues in the University of Pittsburgh. Many suggestions have also come from members of my seminar on International Relations. I am indebted to the editors of Current History for permission to make use of an article by myself on Sea Power and Prosperity. which appears as the . . .

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