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

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAnn Markusen, Peter Hall, Scott Campbell

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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 ofthe 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 bythe 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 theshifts 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 Rise of the Gunbelt' offers a compelling portrait of the geography of the military - industrial complex, its winners and losers, its troubling economic and political consequences, and the role of the gunbelt in America's uncertain economic and military future.

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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 ofthe Gunbelt demonstrates that this economic...

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'The Rise of the Gunbelt' offers a compelling portrait of the geography of the military - industrial complex, its winners and losers, its troubling economic and political consequences, and the role of the gunbelt in America's uncertain economic and military future.

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195066480

ISBN - 13:9780195066487

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'The Rise of the Gunbelt' offers a compelling portrait of the geography of the military - industrial complex, its winners and losers, its troubling economic and political consequences, and the role of the gunbelt in America's uncertain economic and military future.

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"The historical depth and detail about key actors and firms in the case studies make for fascinating narratives containing much new information, which the authors recount well....A very important contribution....Its detailed and well written account documents for the first time the tremendousoverall influence of defense policy on the American space economy."--The Professional Geographer