1st Edition

Merchants of Death
A Study of the International Armament Industry

ISBN 9780367612214
Published December 23, 2020 by Routledge
338 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

Merchants of death was an epithet used in the USA in the 1930s to attack industries and banks that supplied and funded the First World War (then called the Great War). The term was popular in anti-war circles of both the left and the right and was used extensively regarding the Senate hearings in 1936 by the Nye Committee. Originally published in 1934, this book uses the term to expose the international arms industry at the time. It is a careful and subtle, but still passionate, attack on those who would use government to profit themselves at the expense of other people's lives and property. The book not only makes the case against the war machine; it provides a scintillating history of war profiteering, one authoritative enough for citation and academic study.

Table of Contents

1. Consider the Armament Maker  2. Merchant in Swaddling Clothes  3. Du Pont – Patriot and Powder-Maker  4. American Musketeers  5. Second-Hand Death  6. Krupp – The Cannon King  7. Automatic Death – The Story of Maxim’s Machine Gun  8. Super-Salesman of Death  9. Stepmother of Parliament  10. Seigneur De Schneider  11. The Eve of the World War – The Arms Merchants  12. The World War – The War in Europe  13. The World War – Enter Old Glory  14. Plus Ça Change –  15. The Menace of Disarmament  16. From Konbo to Hotchkiss  17. Status Quo  18. The Outlook.  Notes and References.  Bibliography.  Index.

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