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.
H. C. Englebrecht, F. C. Hanighen