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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World

Peter Stearns


Contemporary world history has highlighted militarization in many ways, from the global Cold War and numerous regional conflicts to the general assumption that nationhood implies a significant and growing military. Yet the twentieth century also offers notable examples of large-scale demilitarization, both imposed and voluntary. This book fills a key gap in current historical understanding by examining demilitarization programs in Germany, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. The chapters outline each nation's demilitarization choices and how they were made. The book invest ... More

Keywords: contemporary world history, militarization, global Cold War, demilitarization, military defeat, border security risk, economic pressure, peace culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037894
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Stearns, editor
George Mason University

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