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Cabinet Government, British Imperial Security, and the World Disarmament Conference, 1932–1934

Fleming, Neil ORCID: (2011) Cabinet Government, British Imperial Security, and the World Disarmament Conference, 1932–1934. War in History, 18 (1). pp. 62-84. ISSN 0968-3445

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The British cabinet contained high-ranking ministers who supported calls at the World Disarmament Conference demanding the abolition of aerial bombing. Their efforts, however, were checked by the Air Ministry, with the result that British delegates at the conference promoted a compromise position advocating abolition with a reservation for colonial policing. Pressure from the conference made it difficult to maintain this posture, and abolitionists in cabinet came close to persuading colleagues of their case, but events in Iraq, Aden and India served to underscore the importance of the overseas RAF. Several salient features of government in this period help account for the cabinet’s attitude to aerial bombing: the heightened importance of consensus in the National Government, the enhanced relevance of the Air Ministry, the necessity of affordably securing the empire, and a prevailing cynicism about the feasibility of an agreement on aerial bombing.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: British government, diplomacy, disarmament, Iraq, League of Nations, Royal Air Force
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Neil Fleming
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 09:53
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 04:00

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