EMPIRE OF GUNS


EMPIRE OF GUNS

PRIYA SATIA    Book Number: 91343    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'The Violent Making of The Industrial Revolution', sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach, here is a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its heart. Satia brings to life the bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal - Samuel Galton of Birmingham, one of Britain's most prominent gunmakers, has been condemned by his fellow Quakers who argue that his profession violates the society's pacifist principles. In his fervent self-defence, Galton argues that the state's heavy reliance on industry for all its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain's near-constant state of war. The book uses the story of Galton and the gun trade, from Birmingham to the outermost edges of British Empire, to illuminate Britain's emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state's role in economic development, and the origin of our era's debates about gun control and the 'military-industrial complex' - that thorny partnership of government, the economy, and the military. Satia upends the conventional wisdom of the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology and places the prosperous gun trade at the heart of the state's imperial expansion. The difficulty Galton perceived in 1795 continues to shape the efforts of capitalists and industrialists seeking to distance themselves from violence. This award-winning book proves that many of the conflicts of the 18th and 19th century were in fact the driving forces behind the Industrial Revolution. A revelatory book. 528pp. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9780735221864
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