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Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

October 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

The industrial revolution is often credited to Britain’s unique genius for invention and enterprise. Through the story of the Galton family – a Quaker family and Britain’s most prominent gunmakers in the eighteenth century – Professor Satia argues that it was in fact war that drove the Industrial Revolution. When Galton’s fellow Quakers condemned his profession for violating their sect’s pacifist principles, his self-defense connected arms-manufacturing – and the state’s war needs generally – to the region’s industrial prosperity.

Priya Satia is Professor of History at Stanford University, was educated at Stanford, the LSE, and UC Berkeley. She is the prize-winning author of Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (2008) and Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (2018). Her work has also appeared in academic journals, edited collections, and popular media such as the NationFinancial TimesTime, and Washington Post.

**Please note that this Washington History Seminar will meet on a Tuesday, and not on Monday as we normally do**


October 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004 United States


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