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Planning and ProfitsBritish Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941$
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Christopher Miller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940667

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940667.001.0001

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Conclusion and Retrospective

Conclusion and Retrospective

(p.217) Conclusion and Retrospective
Planning and Profits

Christopher W. Miller

Liverpool University Press

This short chapter argues that we now need a different definition of a military-industrial complex, for the evidence in this book shows a different side to the alleged abuses of armament manufacturers and industrial elites. While plenty of illegal dealings occurred, they did not occur in the way some theorists have anticipated, nor by the actors judged most likely to hold influence in such a complex. The actions of ‘outsiders’ and ‘insiders’ during rearmament and WW2 paints a very different picture of industry, and shows why political, business, and military history can never be effectively separated when studying questions like these.

Keywords:   Military-Industrial complex, Rearmament, WW2, industrial elites, Armament manufacturers

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