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  • Arms Races in International Politics

    This is a new book edited by Thomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo, and David Stevenson. The publisher's website describes it as:
    • The first comprehensive history of arms races in modern international politics;
    • Written by an international team of specialists;
    • Draws together twelve case studies into a coherent narrative on arms racing and international relations;
    • Opens a discussion on the connections between arms racing and war

    Like lots of books, there was a book launch; this one at Kings College in London. Luckily someone was there to record it. Its not on YouTube, but is on Soundcloud. If you click this link:, you'll go to the page. Once there, just press play.

    Here is the description from the Soundcloud page:

    Book launch with Thomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo and David Stevenson with a discussion about the latest volume of 'Arms Races in International Politics’.

    Speakers: Thomas Mahnken (Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, US Naval War College) Joseph Maiolo (Professor of International History, King's College London) and David Stevenson (Stevenson Professor of International History, LSE)

    Thomas Mahnken is currently Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography, National Security at the U.S. Naval War College, and a Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is co-editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies.
    Joseph Maiolo is Professor of International History in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Visiting Research Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School, Oslo. He is co-editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies.
    David Stevenson holds the Stevenson Chair of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently preparing an international history of the year 1917.

    About the book: This volume 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, land, and naval competition during the 1920s and 1930s; and nuclear as well as conventional weapons since 1945. Armaments policies are placed within the context of technological development, international politics and diplomacy, and domestic politics and economics. An extended general introduction and conclusion and introductions to each section provide coherence between the specialized chapters and draw out wider implications for policymakers and for political scientists. Arms Races in International Politics addresses two key questions: what causes arms races, and what is the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars?

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