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The Etiquette of the Arms Trade

Cover of the 'Etiquette of the Arms Trade' exhibition catalogue


01.10.17 - 31.12.17


Jill Gibbon

The world is awash with weapons. The wars of the twentieth century have skewed manufacturing in the US, Russia, France, Germany, China, and the UK towards military production. At the end of the Cold War there was a brief opportunity to diversify into other areas; instead arms companies merged into multinationals and started selling to almost anyone who would buy. Arms fairs were established in the 1990s to provide international venues for these deals.