The explosion of the industrial revolution and the rise of imperialism served to dramatically increase the supply and demand for weapons on a global scale. Challenging the traditional view of arms dealers as agents of their own countries, Grant asserts that these firms pursued their own economic interests while convincing their homeland governments that weapon sales meant national prestige and influence. In this book, Grant vividly chronicles how the resulting arms trade eventually led to an all-out arms race, and ultimately to war.
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