Planning and Profits: British Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941

Miller, C. (2018) Planning and Profits: British Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941. Series: Research in maritime history (53). Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 9781786940667 (doi: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940667.001.0001)

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In a time of great need for Britain, a small coterie of infl uential businessmen gained access to secret information on industrial mobilisation as advisers to the Principal Supply Offi cers Committee. They provided the state with priceless advice, but, as ‘insiders’ utilised their access to information to build a business empire at a fraction of the normal costs. Outsiders, in contrast, lacked infl uence and were forced together into a defensive ‘ring’ – or cartel – which eff ectively fi xed prices for British warships. By the 1930s, the cartel grew into one of the most sophisticated profiteering groups of its day. This book examines the relationship between the private naval armaments industry, businessmen, and the British government defence planners between the wars. It reassesses the concept of the military-industrial complex through the impact of disarmament upon private industry, the role of leading industrialists in supply and procurement policy, and the successes and failings of government organisation. It blends together political, naval, and business history in new ways, and, by situating the business activities of industrialists alongside their work as government advisors, sheds new light on the operation of the British state. This is the story of how these men profi ted while eff ectively saving the National Government from itself.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:Naval armaments, business history, Britain, military industrial complex.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr Christopher
Authors: Miller, C.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
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