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Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Geoffrey Stewart (Project Director: June 1972 to present)

Repercussions of American Munitions Manufacturers' Search for New Markets in the Post Civil-War Period

To thoroughly investigate the consequences of the Civil War upon American munitions manufacturers in the period 1865-1885 and to examine the variety of their responses to the economic problems prevalent after the war. Since there are known instances and many indications of widespread expansion of sales markets into Europe on behalf of American armorers in this period, I will research the scope of their involvement in the European arms market, its consequences to the American economy, and some of its repercussions upon European economics, diplomacy, and military relations. This should lead to an understanding of the origins of the international arms market which evidently began operations on a large scale at this time and the reason behind American involvement in it from an early date. In view of current interest in arms control and today's pressing need for regulation of arms production, this topic is especially relevant; my project should illuminate this hitherto uninvestigated subject and hopefully cast new light on the whole issue of international arms dealing.

Project fields:
History, General

Younger Scholars, 2/76 - 2/85

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,890 (approved)
$1,890 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1972 – 9/30/1972