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By Marshall J. Bastable

palms and the kingdom is a heritage of Britain's at the beginning 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 enterprise right into a massive commercial firm which invented, built, synthetic and bought heavy weapons and warships through the global. hands and the nation reconstructs the worldwide hands alternate because it follows Armstrong's businesses promoting the newest guns to either 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 international warfare. In so doing, it discusses diverse issues comparable 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 overseas palms alternate and imperialism. palms and the kingdom situates the heritage of the corporate in its technological, political and overseas contexts, with specific realization given to the position of British Parliamentary politics and the interior workings of the warfare workplace and Admiralty bureaucracies. The important narrative is Armstrong's function within the militarization of expertise within the 1850s, the commercialization of the armaments alternate on a world scale within the 1860s and 1870s, and the emergence of the British military-industrial nation within the Eighteen Eighties and Nineties. hands and the nation offers a background of the folk, the know-how and the company of the hands exchange. it's a attention-grabbing tale of the family politics, the international coverage and strategic calculations, the manipulation of the click and the bureaucratic intrigues that lay at the back of the discovery, creation and proliferation of the 1st guns of mass destruction.

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