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Weapon of Choice: Small Arms and the Culture of Military Innovation

Matthew Ford


This book examines Western military technological innovation through the lens of developments in small arms during the twentieth century. These weapons have existed for centuries, appear to have matured only incrementally and might seem unlikely technologies for investigating the trajectory of military–technical change. Their relative simplicity, however, makes it easy to use them to map patterns of innovation within the military–industrial complex. Advanced technologies may have captured the military imagination, offering the possibility of clean and decisive outcomes, but it is the low techn ... More

Keywords: Military, Power, Security Studies, Weapons, Science, Technology Studies, Military History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190623869
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190623869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Ford, author
University of Sussex