The Gun Merchants

The Gun Merchants

Politics and Policies of the Major Arms Suppliers

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Editor: Cindy Cannizzo
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483148038

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The Gun Merchants: Politics and Policies of the Major Arms Suppliers focuses on the political and policy considerations in arms transfers, taking into consideration the positions of different arms-exporting countries on the control of conventional arms trade. The book first offers information on the trends in 20th-century arms transfers, including history of arms transfers, sophistication of arms, and transfer modes of arms. The text also underscores the position and influence of Jimmy Carter and the United States on the restraint of arms trade. The manuscript examines Soviet arms policy towards Africa, including the context of Soviet policy, factors influencing Soviet behavior, and the future of Soviet policy in Africa. The increase in the volume of arms sold in Africa is highlighted. The book also takes a look at domestic and international considerations of British arms sales; the policies of the Federal Republic of Germany and France on arms transfers; and evaluation of arms transfer control proposals. The publication is a dependable reference for readers interested in exploring the international policies and procedures in arms trade.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    List of Tables


    Chapter 1 Trends In Twentieth-Century Arms Transfers

    History of Arms transfer

    Characteristics of the Big Boom

    Conclusion: Politics Is the Essence

    Chapter 2 The Arms Connection: Jimmy Carter and the Politics of Military Exports

    The Growth of A Policy Problem

    Jimmy Carter and The Politics of Restraint

    Is CATT The Answer?

    Prospects For Restraint

    Chapter 3 Soviet Arms Policy Towards Black Africa: Opportunities and Constraints


    The Context of Soviet Policy in the 1970s

    The Major Proposition and A Discussion

    Factors Influencing Soviet Behavior: The Framework

    The Future of Soviet Policy In Africa

    Chapter 4 The Domestic and International Dimensions of British Arms Sales, 1966-1978

    The British Government and Arms Sales

    Justification For British Arms Sales

    British Practice In Selling Arms

    Decision-Making Process On Arms Sales in Britain: An Outline

    British Experience with Arms Sales Since 1966: Political Criteria

    Future Prospects

    Chapter 5 Arms Transfers and The Federal Republic of Germany

    Development of German Arms Transfer Policy

    The Control Apparatus

    A Restrictive Arms Transfer Policy

    A Profile of West German Arms Transfers

    Basic Dilemmas of West Germany's Policy

    Chapter 6 France and The Arms Trade

    The Growth of French Arms Sales

    French Policy On Arms Sales

    The Chances For International Regulation of Arms Transfers

    Politics Above All

    Chapter 7 The Evaluation of Arms Transfer Control Proposals

    The Sources of Lack of Control

    A Typology of Controls

    Some Criteria For Arms Transfer Control Proposals

    Summary of Arms Transfer Control Evaluation

    Chapter 8 Prospects For the Control of Conventional Arms Transfers

    Prospects For Reduction

    Prospects For Restraint

    Prospects For Regulation


    Selected Bibliography


    About The Authors

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483148038

About the Editor

Cindy Cannizzo

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