The Gun Merchants - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080246321, 9781483148038

The Gun Merchants

1st Edition

Politics and Policies of the Major Arms Suppliers

Editors: Cindy Cannizzo
eBook ISBN: 9781483148038
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 224
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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



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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


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