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By Marshall J. Bastable

hands and the kingdom is a heritage of Britain's before everything smooth armaments corporation, the Armstrong Whitworth corporation, from its origins in 1854 to 1914. It specializes in the function of Sir William G. Armstrong, an engineer and entrepreneur who remodeled his modest mechanical engineering company right into a enormous commercial company which invented, constructed, synthetic and bought heavy weapons and warships through the international. fingers and the kingdom reconstructs the worldwide palms alternate because it follows Armstrong's businesses promoting the newest guns to each side within the American Civil conflict, Egypt, Turkey and Italy within the 1860s, to China, Chile and Japan within the 1870s and Eighties, and have become Britain's top armaments corporation within the age of the naval hands races that preceded the 1st global warfare. In so doing, it discusses diverse issues corresponding to the social and political nature of technological innovation, the standard of Britain's late-Victorian marketers, and the influence of armaments on British politics, defence regulations, the foreign fingers alternate and imperialism. palms and the kingdom situates the heritage of the corporate in its technological, political and overseas contexts, with specific consciousness given to the function of British Parliamentary politics and the internal workings of the battle workplace and Admiralty bureaucracies. The primary narrative is Armstrong's function within the militarization of know-how within the 1850s, the commercialization of the armaments alternate on an international scale within the 1860s and 1870s, and the emergence of the British military-industrial kingdom within the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties. fingers and the nation offers a historical past of the folk, the expertise and the enterprise of the hands alternate. it's a attention-grabbing tale of the household politics, the overseas coverage and strategic calculations, the manipulation of the clicking and the bureaucratic intrigues that lay in the back of the discovery, construction and proliferation of the 1st guns of mass destruction.

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