The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 341 pages
Since World War II, America's economic landscape has undergone a profound transformation. The effects of this change can be seen in the decline of the traditional industrial heartland and the emergence of new high tech industrial complexes in California, Texas, Boston, and Florida. The Rise of the Gunbelt demonstrates that this economic restructuring is a direct result of the rise of the military industrial complex (MIC) and a wholly new industry based on defense spending and Pentagon contacts. Chronicling the dramatic growth of this vast complex, the authors analyze the roles played by the shift from land and sea warfare to aerial combat in World War II, the Cold War, the birth of aerospace and the consequent radical transformation of the airplane industry, and labor and major defense corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed, and McDonnell Douglas. Exploring the reasons for the shifts in defense spending--including the role of lobbyists and the Department of Defense in awarding contracts--and the effects on regional and national economic development, this comprehensive study reveals the complexities of the MIC.

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The Military Remapping of Industrial America,from this book we could got some information about minlitary-complex industry(modern military--industry),if we,read more we could undstuand the political of national economy in history perspective


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Ann Markusen is at Rutgers University. Peter Hall is at University of California, Berkeley.

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