Kalashnikov AK-47: One Small Item, One Giant Impact

Kalashnikov AK-47: One Small Item, One Giant Impact

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By (author) Gideon Burrows

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  • Publisher: New Internationalist Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 118mm x 170mm x 8mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1904456308
  • ISBN 13: 9781904456308
  • Illustrations note: 15 b&w illustration and photographs
  • Sales rank: 371,332

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Vodka, chess, hip-hop and child soldiers...all these are linked by the Kalashnikov, the iconic but deadly Russian rifle. Some 90 million of these guns exist - and they do not die when their owners do. Now made in dozens of countries it has been fired in hundreds of conflicts since its introduction. It has a terrible claim to fame: the most effective weapon ever invented. Trigger Issues - "Kalashnikov" explains the arms trade, politics and culture through the grimly fascinating lens of the world's deadliest weapon and shows how its direct social effects have swept across whole continents. In contrast, campaigns round the world are removing guns from gangs and communities. As they are recycled and made into sculptures might the Kalashnikov one day be seen as a symbol of peace?

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Author information

Gideon Burrows is a writer and editor, specialising in politics, ethics and the environment. He is author of the No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade, and editor of The Ethical Careers Guide. He is former joint coordinator of Campaign Against Arms Trade, and now runs a media consultancy and publisher working with socially driven organizations.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 An icon is born 2 Kalashnikov chic 3 Symbol of power 4 Weapon of war 5 Kids and Kalashnikov 6 Guns for Goats Contacts and resources