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Making A Killing: A Study Of The Trade And Production Of Arms, Jonas D. Kempf Jan 2016

Making A Killing: A Study Of The Trade And Production Of Arms, Jonas D. Kempf

Senior Projects Spring 2016

This thesis attempts to put arms transfers and the modern defense industry in historical context by identifying the drivers of change in the trade and production of arms over time. To this end, a review of the literature on the arms trade up to the Second World War comprises the first part of the study, presenting a largely qualitative overview of shifts in the flow of arms, the location of the world’s arms-producing centers, and changes in attitudes towards transfers as they have affected the trade. The second half of the study provides a data-driven analysis of trends in ...