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Title: British industrial policy concerning the heavy ordnance industry, 1900–1917
Author: Breer, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 5413
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis analyses the complex relationship between the arms industry and the British Government from 1900–1917. How did the British Civil Service convey strategic industrial policy in peacetime and what was its effectiveness in wartime through ordnance contracts and Westminster policy? The methodology follows a chronological analysis of both Governmental and industry documentation to see both sides holistically, through demand and supply, of a high–grade, non–commodity, durable good: artillery tubes. This thesis will utilize previously secret and unpublished records from both the Royal Navy and British Army procurement programmes to analyse the underpinnings of peacetime supply and wartime demand, institutional and personal relationships, industrial capacity, the effects of wartime shock under the Admiralty and War Office, and the creation and effectiveness of the Ministry of Munitions under future Prime Minister David Lloyd George and others.
Supervisor: Holden Reid, Brian Thomas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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