Summer Reading B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | July 15, 2015

    Frank Wilczek: IMG You Are... Who?



    Writing a book is an unnatural act of communication. Speaking to a person, or even to an audience, is an interaction. Very different styles are... Continue »
    1. $20.97 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$53.50
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Military- Naval History

More copies of this ISBN

Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain

by

Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When President Eisenhower referred to the "military-industrial complex" in his 1961 Farewell Address, he summed up in a phrase the merger of government and industry that dominated the Cold War United States. In this bold reappraisal, Katherine Epstein uncovers the origins of the military-industrial complex in the decades preceding World War I, as the United States and Great Britain struggled to perfect a crucial new weapon: the self-propelled torpedo.

Torpedoes epitomized the intersection of geopolitics, globalization, and industrialization at the turn of the twentieth century. They threatened to revolutionize naval warfare by upending the delicate balance among the world's naval powers. They were bought and sold in a global marketplace, and they were cutting-edge industrial technologies. Building them, however, required substantial capital investments and close collaboration among scientists, engineers, businessmen, and naval officers. To address these formidable challenges, the U.S. and British navies created a new procurement paradigm: instead of buying finished armaments from the private sector or developing them from scratch at public expense, they began to invest in private-sector research and development. The inventions emerging from torpedo R&D sparked legal battles over intellectual property rights that reshaped national security law.

Blending military, legal, and business history with the history of science and technology, Torpedo recasts the role of naval power in the run-up to World War I and exposes how national security can clash with property rights in the modern era.

Synopsis:

In a bold reappraisal, Katherine Epstein uncovers the origins of the "military-industrial complex" not in the Cold War but in the decades before WWI, as the United States and Great Britain struggled to perfect a crucial new weapon: the self-propelled torpedo. Torpedo R&D sparked intellectual property battles that reshaped national security law.

About the Author

Katherine C. Epstein is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden.

Rutgers University-Camden

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674725263
Author:
Epstein, Katherine C.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
HISTORY/Military / Weapons
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
International Relations - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones, 1 graph
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » General

Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$53.50 In Stock
Product details 328 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674725263 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a bold reappraisal, Katherine Epstein uncovers the origins of the "military-industrial complex" not in the Cold War but in the decades before WWI, as the United States and Great Britain struggled to perfect a crucial new weapon: the self-propelled torpedo. Torpedo R&D sparked intellectual property battles that reshaped national security law.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.