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Volume 3 Management, mergers and fraud 1987–1993
Author: John Wilson

The final volume of this detailed history of Ferranti covers the last seven years of its operating existence, starting with the 1987 merger with ISC and culminating in a humiliating demise consequent upon GEC’s 1993 decision to withdraw its bid for what by then was an unprofitable rump. Extensive attention is paid to the way in which ISC evolved under James Guerin’s stewardship, providing insights into the shady world of international covert arms dealing. While in 1987 Ferranti purchased what was regarded as a highly profitable defence electronics business, by 1989 it was apparent that ISC’s net worth was marginal, creating an accounting hole in what by then was Ferranti International from which it never recovered, in spite of highly imaginative strategies enacted by a new chief executive, Eugene Anderson. The book provides detailed insights into international mergers, corporate governance issues and defence electronics that highlight the dangers associated with competing in one of the fastest-moving industries of that era.

Paul Holtom

and to prevent and reduce excessive accumulation and spread of small arms and light weapons. 1 Phythian has persuasively argued that the nature of the post-Cold War illicit arms trade is qualitatively different to the Cold War era. 2 Across Europe, a number of factors have impacted upon thinking about the arms trade in

in The security dimensions of EU enlargement
Rhiannon Vickers

policy areas.3 The Labour Party and minority Labour governments had considerable impact on Britain’s stance on open diplomacy, internationalism, the arms trade, and the League of Nations. From the early 1920s to the late 1930s, the internationalist, anti-war section of the party, strongly influenced by the UDC, dominated Labour Party thinking on international affairs. While this wing of the party had initially been highly critical of the League of Nations, they came to see it as the avenue through which peace could be maintained. Despite, or possibly because of, the

in The Labour Party and the world, volume 1
Keith Mc Loughlin

most hard-pressed Britons in the 1970s. Instead, CND and the Campaign against Arms Trade (CAAT) focused on the defence economy and on the everyday worker forced either to facilitate the arms industry or to join the dole queue. In a burst of activity in the mid-1970s the peace movement organised conferences and produced an abundant variety of publications on a wide range of issues, from the presence of military work on the university campus to the emergence of environmentalism and the war on domestic and global poverty. By the late 1970s there was a vibrant network of

in The British left and the defence economy
Keith Mc Loughlin

Defence Expenditure, Alternative Employment and the Arms Trade’ met for the next three years and published a widely distributed paperback, Sense about Defence . Patrick Seyd considered it ‘a more detailed analysis than ever before’ which showed that ‘economics and defence were the two main concerns of the left in the 1970s’, whilst the historian Ben Pimlott described it as ‘the best-researched party document on defence since the war’. 2 However, just as it had during the government

in The British left and the defence economy
Challenges and opportunities

This book explores the evolving African security paradigm in light of the multitude of diverse threats facing the continent and the international community today and in the decades ahead. It challenges current thinking and traditional security constructs as woefully inadequate to meet the real security concerns and needs of African governments in a globalized world. The continent has becoming increasingly integrated into an international security architecture, whereby Africans are just as vulnerable to threats emanating from outside the continent as they are from home-grown ones. Thus, Africa and what happens there, matters more than ever. Through an in-depth examination and analysis of the continent’s most pressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges—from failing states and identity and resource conflict to terrorism, health, and the environment—it provides a solid intellectual foundation, as well as practical examples of the complexities of the modern African security environment. Not only does it assess current progress at the local, regional, and international level in meeting these challenges, it also explores new strategies and tools for more effectively engaging Africans and the global community through the human security approach.

Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

come in the form of financially strengthening anti-government insurgents or armed groups involved in the drug trade, or indirectly through the high-level ­corruption of state officials Trafficking in drugs and small arms 119 and institutions.13 Likewise, the emergence of symbiotic relationships between drug trafficking and terrorist organizations threatens state security, as witnessed with the rise of powerful narco-terrorist movements in South America during the 1980s and 1990s. The illegal arms trade challenge The global proliferation of weapons that feeds

in African security in the twenty-first century
A distinctive politics?
Author: Richard Taylor

English radicalism has been a deep-rooted but minority tradition in the political culture since at least the seventeenth century. The central aim of this book is to examine, in historical and political context, a range of key events and individuals that exemplify English radicalism in the twentieth century. This analysis is preceded by defining precisely what has constituted this tradition; and by the main outline of the development of the tradition from the Civil War to the end of the nineteenth century. Three of the main currents of English radicalism in the twentieth century have been the labour movement, the women’s movement and the peace movement. These are discussed in some detail, as a framework for the detailed consideration of ten key representative figures of the tradition in the twentieth century: Bertrand Russell, Sylvia Pankhurst, Ellen Wilkinson, George Orwell, E.P. Thompson, Michael Foot, Joan Maynard, Stuart Hall, Tony Benn and Nicolas Walter. The question of ‘agency’ – of how to bring about radical change in a predominantly conservative society and culture – has been a fundamental issue for English radicals. It is argued that, in the twentieth century, many of the important achievements in progressive politics have taken place in and through extra-parliamentary movements, as well as through formal political parties and organisations – the Labour Party and other socialist organisations – and on occasion, through libertarian and anarchist politics. The final chapter considers the continuing relevance of this political tradition in the early twenty-first century, and reviews its challenges and prospects.

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Keith Mc Loughlin

their production lines from guns to kidney machines was similarly halted, not only by company management but by the Labour government and the trade unions. Chapter 4 explores the famous case of the Lucas Aerospace workers, whose alternative plan for production proposed an alternative to dehumanising Fordism that would contribute to disarmament. Chapter 5 shows how, inspired by the political and industrial left, peace activists in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the associated Campaign against Arms Trade (CAAT) moved away from the ‘post

in The British left and the defence economy
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Otto Lehmann-Russbueldt and German rearmament
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

some six months in Holland, he moved on to Britain ‘in order to continue my educational work on the nature of Prussian militarism’ (‘um meine Aufklärungsarbeit über den preussichen Militarismus fortzusetzen’). When he landed in Britain on 5 November 1933, Lehmann-Russbueldt was sixty years old, a lifelong pacifist and campaigner against the arms trade. He was by then officially stateless: in August 1933, his name had appeared on the first Nazi expatriation list, depriving their political opponents of their German nationality. He was travelling on a (provisional

in A matter of intelligence