Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

History and Philosophy

Committee Member

Pamela Graves, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

George H. Cassar, PhD

Committee Member

Robert Citino, PhD


The Washington Naval Conference and the Far Eastern Affairs Conference of 1922 occurred concurrently and were the first major post-World War I conferences to address post-war issues. The Washington Naval Conference sought to avoid the outbreak of future hostilities by reducing the total tonnage of capital ships in each signatory nation’s fleet to only that of a defensive force. The Far Eastern Affairs Conference sought to modify and modernize the relations of its signatories in China to create stability by removing many of potential sources of future conflicts due to conflicted diplomatic privileges. Both conferences had successes and failures diplomatically but both worked concurrently to create a system of treaties that helped create peace and stability in Europe and Asia for a decade. This examination of both conferences is unique because it uses materials from during the conferences and written afterwards to provide a new examination of these events.