Ref NoDL0760
Alt Ref NoDL0760
Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or Caption"Well - What are you going to do about it now?"
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date02 Oct 1933
Size31.5 x 43cm
TechniqueBlack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptVersailles Treaty - Allies dishonoured disarmament pledge
Person DepictedSimon; John Allsebrook (1873-1954); 1st Viscount
Mussolini; Benito (1883-1945)
Daladier; Edouard
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesWhen the League of Nations was established in 1919 one of its declared aims was disarmament, as a pre-requisite for preventing future conflict. In 1925 a preparatory commission into disarmament was established, but the Disarmament Conference didn't formally convene until February 1932. The issue was a contentious one. Germany had joined the League in 1926, but was still subject to the severe military restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. The issue that the conference had to address, therefore, was one of parity. Should Germany be allowed to re-arm to the levels of other major powers (i.e Britain and France), or should other powers (Britain & France) disarm to Germany's levels. France feared the former, owing to continuing preoccupation with the threat of Germany to her borders, and Britain feared the latter, needing a strong navy to protect her Empire. The Conference adjourned from June to October 1933, at which point Germany, under the new Chancellorship of Adolf Hitler, and already re-arming, refused even Britain's concessions and left the Conference.
International relations
League of Nations 1919
Treaty of Versailles
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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