Planning and Profits

The Military-Industrial Complex and British Naval Arms Manufacture, 1918-41

Christopher Miller

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ISBN: 9781786940667

Publication: December 31, 2017

Series: Research in Maritime History 53

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.

In a time of great need for Britain, a small coterie of influential businessmen gained access to secret information on industrial mobilisation as advisers to the Principal Supply Officers 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 influence and were forced together into a defensive ‘ring’ – or cartel – which effectively fixed prices for British warships. By the 1930s, the cartel grew into one of the most sophisticated profiteering groups of its day.

This is the story of how these men profited while effectively saving the National Government from itself.

Christopher Miller is Research Fellow in Business History at the University of Glasgow.

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Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

10 B&W illustrations

ISBN: 9781786940667

Publication: December 31, 2017

Series: Research in Maritime History 53

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