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

Christopher Miller


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 g ... More

Keywords: Business History, Economic History, Military-Industrial Complex, Naval History, War Studies, WW2, Merchants of Death, Interwar Period, Shipbuilding, Armaments

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940667
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Miller, author

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Part One Introduction

Part Two Industry and the Navy before Manchuria, and the Establishment of the Warshipbuilders’ Committee, 1919–1931

Part Three The Formation of a National Government, the Far East, and the PSOC Approach to Industry, 1931–1934

Part Four The Ultimate Potential Enemy and Rearmament Planning, 1934–1936

Part Five The Inskip Era and War, 1936–1941