Accession Number:

ADB106025

Title:

The Evolution of the Chinese Armaments Industry from 1860 to Present: The Search for Self-Sufficiency

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis Aug 1985-Jun 1986

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-06-06

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

In attempts to increase their military strength during the last hundred years, Chinese leaders have been faced with a whole series of grave problems. These have included industrial backwardness, poverty, illiteracy, political decentralization, nepotism, a shortage of qualified officers and opposition to change. There is a close relationship between the political, social, and economic structure of a civilization and the armed forces which it develops. An industrial foundation is essential to the maintenance of an effective army, while the size and equipment of the armed services ultimately depend on the ability of the economy to finance. The purpose of this study is to follow the continuing search for self-sufficiency in economic and military power by Chinese governments from the declining Ching dynasty of the 1860s to the Communists at the end of the Korean War. In modern times a nations power to wage war has come to depend increasingly on an efficient mobilization of her economic resources.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE