Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

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Stanford University Press
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6.1 X 1.5 X 9.2 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Priya Satia is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of British History at Stanford University. She is the author of Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East (2009), and her writing has appeared in Slate, the Financial Times, the Nation, and the Huffington Post, among other publications.
"Satia's detailed retelling of the Industrial Revolution and Britain's relentless empire expansion notably contradicts simple free market narratives. . . . She argues convincingly that the expansion of the armaments industry and the government's role in it is inseparable from the rise of innumerable associated industries from finance to mining. . . . Fascinating."--The New York Times
"Satia marshals an overwhelming amount of evidence to show, comprehensively, that guns had a place at the center of every conventional tale historians have so far told about the origins of the modern, industrialized world. . . . Though not presented as a political book, the implications of Satia's work are difficult to ignore."--The New Republic
"Empire of Guns is an important revisionist account of the industrial revolution, reminding us that the making of the modern state and the making of modern capitalism were tightly intertwined. A revelatory book."--Sven Beckert "finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Empire of Cotton "
"A solid contribution to the history of technology and commerce, with broad implications for the present."--Kirkus
"Empire of Guns boldly uncovers a history of modern violence and its central role in political, economic, and technological progress. As unsettling as it is bracing, it radically deepens our understanding of the 'iron cage' of modernity."--Pankaj Mishra "author of Age of Anger "
"A fascinating and important glimpse into how violence fueled the industrial revolution, Priya Satia's book stuns with deep scholarship and sparkling prose."--Siddhartha Mukherjee "Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies "
"Empire of Guns is a richly researched and probing historical narrative that challenges our understanding of the engines that drove Britain's industrial revolution. With this book, Priya Satia introduces Samuel Galton and the economies of guns and war into the historical equation and, with it, affirms her place as a deeply captivating and thought-provoking historian."--Caroline Elkins "winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Imperial Reckoning "
"Sweeping and stimulating. . . . An extensively researched and carefully crafted narrative. . . . This important book helps us to look at British and United States history in an unconventional way and makes for great reading."--BookPage
"Empire of Guns offers a sweeping revision of the history of the origins of the industrial revolution and the nature of capitalism itself."--Public Books
"A strong narrative bolstered by excellent archival research. . . . Tremendous scholarship. . . . Satia's detailed and fresh look at the Industrial Revolution has appeal and relevance grounded in and reaching beyond history and social science to illuminate the complexity of present-day gun-control debates."--Booklist
"A fascinating study of the centrality of militarism in 18th-century British life, and how imperial expansion and arms went hand in hand. This book is a triumph."--Guardian
"Satia moves confidently back and forth between economic and cultural history and writes with equal confidence about several continents...Satia engages social-scientific theory successfully, marshaling a broad range of evidence to challenge conventional thinking."--William K. Storey, Technology and Culture