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Arms Transfers to Developing Countries, 1945-1968 (ICPSR 5404)

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This study contains data on the transfer of arms to 52 developing nations in the period 1945-1968. The Arms Transfers data (Part 1) provide information on donor and recipient, date and site of transfer, quantity, system classification (e.g., aircraft, helicopters, missiles, artilleries, small arms, or naval systems), and date production began and ended. The Weapons Systems data (Part 2) contain detailed coded information about each weapons system.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Arms Transfers - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
DS2:  Weapon Systems - Download All Files (1.2 MB)

Study Description


Leiss, Amelia. Arms Transfers to Developing Countries, 1945-1968. ICPSR05404-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05404.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   armaments, arms sales, arms trade, arms transfers, developing nations, weapons, weapons systems

Geographic Coverage:   Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Global, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:  

  • 1945--1968

Universe:   Arms transfers to 52 developing nations in the period 1945-1968.

Data Types:   aggregate data, event/transaction data, survey data



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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB5404.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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