Rulers, Guns, and Money
The Global Arms Trade in the Age of ImperialismBook - 2007
From publisher's description: "The explosion of the industrial revolution and the rise of imperialism in the second half of the nineteenth century served to dramatically increase the supply and demand for weapons on a global scale. No longer could arms manufacturers in industrialized nations subsist by supplying their own states' arsenals, causing them to seek markets beyond their own borders. Challenging the traditional view of arms dealers as agents of their own countries, Jonathan Grant asserts that these firms pursued their own economic interests while convincing their homeland governments that weapons sales delivered national prestige and could influence foreign countries. Industrial and banking interests often worked counter to diplomatic interests as arms sales could potentially provide nonindustrial states with the means to resist imperialism or pursue their own imperial ambitions."
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Global arms trade in the age of imperialism