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Hi-Tech Armaments, Space Militarisation and the Third World

  • Paul W. Hoag
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)

Abstract

Space militarisation is an outgrowth or extension of the general technical revolution in armaments and should be analysed as one category of high technology weaponry. I argue below that modern warfare upon the earth’s surface in fact depends, in its most technologically robust form, upon military space systems; I will suggest that modern warfare cannot be fought without space systems. Three main sections follow: (1) earth-based high technology weaponry; (2) space militarisation; and (3) effects upon the Third World. Certainly these three subtopics overlap and interweave with each other. A specific historical example might well illustrate or involve two or more of the subtopics; so too might a particular technology, such as microelectronics.

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© British Sociological Association 1987

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