By Robert E. Williams Jr.
Set opposed to a backdrop of terrorism, rogue states, non-conventional war, and deteriorating international relations, this encyclopedia deals a entire, multidisciplinary, updated reference at the fresh background and modern perform of palms keep watch over and nonproliferation.
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Additional resources for Arms Control [2 volumes]: History, Theory, and Policy
But a set of interrelated developments in the 19th century combined to make wars among great states potentially intolerable, so exhausting and damaging as to threaten the survival of the system and its chief members, so deadly as to be difficult to justify in terms of any reasonable political purpose. The litany of these developments is a familiar one: marked progress in the destructiveness of weapons (modem rifles, machine guns, more effective artillery and naval guns); growth in the management capacities of states permitting sustained operations by large armies (general staffs, new financial and industrial management resources); breakthroughs in transportation and communications useful for military purposes (railroads, the telegraph); and the spreading, deepening phenomenon of nationalism, which put vast human resources at the disposal of states.
The British and the Germans engaged in a naval arms race with deterrence objectives and worried about how to discourage surprise attacks while the great land powers built up their armies and all the major states entered into alliance networks to bolster their deterrence postures. The end of World War I provided an excellent occasion for arms control. The shocking dimensions to which the conflict had been pushed heightened states’ incentives to do something, and numerous arms control activities resulted.
It seems impossible to construct a catalog of all the potentially relevant variables and a theoretical analysis that systematically orders them in relative importance while specifying their interrelated impacts under various circumstances and conditions. Yet state behavior in arms control is not so completely driven by the environment as to allow us simply to dismiss domestic factors as unimportant and put aside the onerous task of sorting them out. Perhaps the most effective way to grapple with this quandary is to try to specify certain conditions that promote the chances for arms control of various sorts, pointing out that many different factors, singly and in combination, contribute to the existence or absence of those conditions.