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Military Personnel and Weapons Stocks in Newly Independent States, 1957-1981

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Mullins, Alden F. Jr.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
armaments; arms trade; military personnel; weapons; weapons systems
  • Abstract

    This dataset contains annual enumerations of military personnel and annual inventories of land, air, and sea weapons in stock for 46 countries that have gained independence since 1957. The time series for each country begins with the year of independence and continues through 1981. Weapons are classified by 329 unique designations identifying the weapon and the country of supply. A quantity of weapons is reported for each designation, except for missile systems which are coded as either present or absent without specifying quantities in stock.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1957-01-01 / 1981-12-31
    Time period: 1957-01-01--1981-12-31
  • 1983 / 1984
    Collection date: 1983--1984
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Every state acquiring independence since 1957 with a population of at least 500,000 at independence. All weapons except small arms and crew-served field artillery.
Collection Mode
  • Each record represents a nation-year. Records are ordered by country code and year. Variables 115 and 119 represent the same weapon. The data contain some errors.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7821 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07821.v2
  • Mullins, Alden F., Jr.. Born Arming: Development and Military Power in New States. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 1987.
  • Merelman, Richard M.. Electoral instability and the American party system. Journal of Politics.32, (1), 115-139.1970.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Mullins, Alden F. Jr. (1984): Military Personnel and Weapons Stocks in Newly Independent States, 1957-1981. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.