The Disarmament Conference
The Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments of 1932–1934 (sometimes World Disarmament Conference or Geneva Disarmament Conference) was an effort by member states of the League of Nations, together with the U.S. and the Soviet Union, to actualize the ideology of disarmament. It took place in the Swiss city of Geneva, ostensibly between 1932 and 1934, but more correctly until May 1937. After, The treaty of Versailles Germany was forced to dis-arm it self and give up all the weapons that it had possessed. Now Germany was a part of disarmament it raised the issue that all the countries had to be treated equally and thus all the countries had to disarm. Moreover Woodrow Wilson was also intrested in the idea of disarmament as he believed that arms races in various forms had been a major cause of war and reducing it would reduce the chance of another war. He supported his statement by saying that the sheer cost of arms was extremely high when all the nations were struggling with their economic issues. All the nations had to agree at first as they couldn't allow Germany to re-arm as the consequences would be terrible. Also, the fact that cutting down on military weapons was very attractive in terms of price. But then the issue of political tension rose, Europe was in a state of turmoil and the countries were extremely insecure. Even though, the super-powers Britan and France didn't want Germany to re-arm they couldn't afford to lose their nation in a military attack from their neighbouring countries. From the very start none of the nations were serious about the disarament process as they were all concerned about their own protection, this ultimately led to these nations building the weapons secretly and so did Germany. The rules of the Treaty of Versailles was flouted and another major issue was that after the Manchurian Crisis all the countries were intrested in looking after their own back. Thus, each nation came up with...
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