Girding for Battle: The Arms Trade in a Global Perspective, 1815-1940

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The literature on the post-1950 arms trade is exhaustive. In contrast, there is almost nothing that examines the pre-1950 trade in arms in a solid, empirical manner. This volume fills that void. It is a broad collection of articles that examines aspects of the global trade in armaments from 1815 to 1940. Its collective thrust analyzes the connections between diplomacy, the domestic politics of procurement, private business, and military technology transfers in Asia, Europe, and ...

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Overview

The literature on the post-1950 arms trade is exhaustive. In contrast, there is almost nothing that examines the pre-1950 trade in arms in a solid, empirical manner. This volume fills that void. It is a broad collection of articles that examines aspects of the global trade in armaments from 1815 to 1940. Its collective thrust analyzes the connections between diplomacy, the domestic politics of procurement, private business, and military technology transfers in Asia, Europe, and Africa and the Americas.

The Stoker-Grant collection disentangles the threads of diplomatic, domestic, political, and economic factors in explaining specific outcomes for each country. The research and conclusions are empirically and uniquely grounded in the archival evidence from the state and company records of the participants. Moreover, it advances academic and popular understanding of the arms trade in a number of significant ways. First, it elucidates the existing discussions of the arms race leading up to World War I by providing a longer-term context. In considering nearly a century and a half of case studies rather than a single decade, this work allows for a more accurate and non-polemical appraisal of the linkages between armaments and the outbreak of wars. An important collection for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with military history and business and political linkages in the global arms trade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275973391
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD J. STOKER JR. is Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, Monterey Programs Office. Among his earlier publications is Britain, France, and the Naval Arms Trade in the Baltic.

JONATHAN A. GRANT is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at Florida State University. He is the author of Big Business in Russia: The Putilov Company in Late Imperial Russia, 1868-1917 as well as articles dealing with defense industries and the arms trade.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Arms Trade in a Global Perspective
Ch. 1 Egypt's Nineteenth-Century Armaments Industry 1
Ch. 2 The Arms Trade in Eastern Europe, 1870-1914 25
Ch. 3 The New Navy and the Old World: The United States Navy's Foreign Arms Purchasing in the Late Nineteenth Century 43
Ch. 4 The Art of the Deal 53
Ch. 5 Undermining the Cordon Sanitaire: Naval Arms Sales and Anglo-French Competition in Latvia, 1924-25 97
Ch. 6 German Secret Submarine Exports, 1919-35 113
Ch. 7 The Politics of Arms Not Given: Japan, Ethiopia, and Italy in the 1930s 135
Ch. 8 The Most Unlikely of Allies: Hitler and Haile Selassie and the Defense of Ethiopia, 1935-36 155
Ch. 9 Italo-Soviet Military Cooperation in the 1930s 177
Ch. 10 United States-Soviet Naval Relations in the 1930s: The Soviet Union's Efforts to Purchase Naval Vessels 201
Works Cited 213
Index 231
About the Contributors 235
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