chapter  1
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INTRODUCTION

Britain’s approach to the problem of international disarmament during the period between the two world wars has received very little attention compared with the amount of research carried out on British foreign policy in general. The importance of the subject has, in the main, been overlooked by those who have attempted to explain the breakdown in international relations which resulted in the Second World War. Yet the disarmament question is a significant factor in this breakdown, being closely inter-linked with the search for security and stability which were so notably absent during the period. The present study seeks to redress this imbalance in the historical literature by analysing Britain’s attitude towards disarmament in the crucial years 1919-34.