Sea Power and Sea Law

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At the final session of the Sixty-sixth Congress, during the closing months of the Wilson administration, Senator Borah offered a resolution urging the President to invite Great Britain and Japan to a conference for the purpose of “promptly entering into an understanding or agreement” by which naval expenditures might be reduced. The resolution won wide public support. It was reoffered at the first (special) session of the Sixty-seventh Congress and was approved by both houses as an amendment to the naval appropriation bill.1 The bill was signed by President Harding July 12, 1921, and on August 11, invitations were issued to the Washington Conference on Limitation of Armaments.

The Washington Conference was the most successful of its kind in the history of the world, but ...

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