A BIG BOOK FOR SPECIALISTS NOT WORTH THE GRIND I m not sure what the target audience is iven that the writing "style is too dry for a eneral reader and the scholarship too lightweight for an "is too dry for a eneral reader and the scholarship too lightweight for an reader Satia covers a lot of round including the early Industrial Revolution the Birmingham un trade the Galton family history uakerism un cultures around the world and an anti arms industry polemic She points out that
Britain was in an almost constant state of war in the 18th was in an almost constant state of war in the 18th although with 10 planned or actual invasions between 1690 1809 this is not entirely Britain s fault Satia makes a bold claim that the manufacture of uns drove the Industrial Revolution which sounds plausible Dead Taboo given defence expenditure was about 92% of GDP 1692 1820 However she says only 4 5% of this was onuns and ammunition 05% of GDP whereas clothing footwear was about 175% of GDP You will be exasperated by how she fails to anticipate objections to her thesis let alone answer them Why France with a bigger army didn t industrialise Why were uns and not clocks scientific instruments so crucial How did the machine tools to make interchangeable parts to the fine tolerances reuired come about What actually are the alternative explanations for Britain being the first industrialised nation etc etcPerhaps if there were some raphs the reader could see that Britain already had a GDP per capita 35% higher than France in 1700 or the incredible rowth in living standards worldwide brought about by the Industrial Revolution or the drop in deadliness of wars post 1945 etc etc There are plenty of lists that would have been better presented in tables or relegated to footnotes so as to improve the flow of the book Notes in my Kindle edition were missing from the main text although clicking on the links in the notes section did take me to the correct pageThere are nuggets of information in there such the French coming up with the idea of interchangeable parts uns being a medium of exchange and status symbol rather than primarily a weapon in West Africa Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, guns rottingrusting lasting only a year in Africa meaning there were steep peaks and troughs in demand etc However it s hard to escape the conclusion the author has a particular animus against UKUScapitalism when she discusses the present day arms industry She highlights Ira of 2003 saying there wereuns than people implying that USUK supplied them They were of course of Warsaw Pact Chinese origin but she cannot bring herself to condemn non capitalist countries I am far from being an NRA When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, gun nut but found the prevailing intellectual dishonesty of the book so off putting I almost have sympathy for themPriya Satia is a professor of British History at Stanford University which may help to explain the precipitous drop in US history majors 2011 17 Previous reviews clearly come from American 2nd amendment fanatics who likely have not even read the book This is in fact a brilliant analysis of the relationship between violence capitalism and industrialization in 18th century Britain Satia uses the Birminghamun trade as a window onto the emergence of private property relations notions of bourgeois polit. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2018 BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINEBy a prize winning young historian an authoritative work that reframes the Industrial Revolution the expansion of British empire and emergence of industrial capitalism by presenting them as inextricable from the The Billionaires Runaway Bride gun tradeA fascinating and importantlimpse 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 We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology Empire of Guns a rich and ambitious new. .
R letters to each other form the backbone of her account but one must already have developed a lot of interest in the subject for her story to be engaging It reminded me in some ways of a pivotal industrial study from the 1970s Merritt Roe Smith s Harpers Ferry and the New Technology They "both focus on one industry in its early stages and how it pushed ahead industrial development They also both "focus on one industry in its early stages and how it pushed ahead industrial development They also both the same thesis that it was not brilliant unfettered individuals who created the Industrial Revolution but rather huge amounts of Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover government money that financed them shelled out for war material Perhaps since I already had arounding in the Harpers "Ferry History I Found Smith "history I found Smith work compelling but I have no background in British Caught on Camera with the CEO gunmaking and I was overwhelmed by this book I certainly agreed with her premise At any rate I turned off the audiobook several hours into it because it was so cold and I just found myself uninterested in what came next Accordingly I am not sure how she wraps it all up Iuess I need to become fluent in this period on my own before I can tackle this somewhat inscrutable work again Why has this book been for sale twice on Kindle with different coversSilly me I did not remember that I had already bought it Turns out it s a Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, good bookbut really A tour de force I was well impressed by this enthralling and accurate work created by a superb author and researcher The author s powerful narrative will change how you understand waruns economic Arabian Nights growth and the role of the industrial revolution A must read The sections detailing the uaker arms manufacturers their various enterprises their intimate connections to everrowing state power and their ultimate shift into investment banking and modern finance were fascinating useful and illuminating The Milton Friedmans of the world would have us believe that colonialism played no role in the prosperity of the West thanks to the diligent research of historians like this we can now expose such nonsense as the historical fiction that it is Violence built the modern world and this book provides a piece of that narrativeWell worth reading in conjunction with The Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert Many of the reviews posted here are clearly from Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place gun rights vigilantes who haven t read the book Or read the introduction and stopped there Don t listen to them this is really an intensive look at how the industrial revolution andun designmanufacturing converged Focusing primarily on the UK figures like Gatlin and Galton loom large and their stories are fascinating in the context of innovators and businessmen Unlike the dozen or so books on this topic I have read in the past year this author faces the philosophicethical issues surrounding Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss gun manufacturing yet still stays clear from the kind of indictment ofuns their makers and owners that the fearful band of Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, gun rights activists imagine this book to be Some of the chapters slug along like an academic paper which is fineiven that it is meant to be taken seriously in such a forum But in It is in the moments where history un design and existentialism come together when the writing is uite brilliant Highly recommende. Empire of Guns uses the story of Galton and the un trade from Birmingham to the outermost edges of the British empire to illuminate the nation's emergence as a Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, global superpower the roots of the state's role in economic development and the origins of our era's debates aboutun control and the military industrial complex that thorny partnership of Lucy Carmichael government the economy and the military Through Satia's eyes we acuire a radically new understanding of this critical historical moment and all that followed from it Sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach Empire of Guns is a masterful new work of history a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its hear. Eness and individuality and the connections between state formation and the industrial revolution This offers a powerful counter to the arguments of Mokyr and others regarding the uniuely English culture ofrowth and technological innovation demonstrating how advances in the iron industry essential site for experimentation with steam engines the coking process etc were driven by a network of public private partnerships designed to produce mat riel for warfare and colonization The first couple of chapters on un production are perhaps overly detailed the payoff for part 1 comes in the stunning chapter 4 Parts 23 are truly enius and bring study of the industrial revolution to a new level of insight and sophistication From the subtitle I was hopeful of new information and insight "SUPPORTING THE AUTHOR S PREMISE THAT "the author s premise that small arms industry drove the early decades of England s Industrial Revolution But the many facts and events related in Chapters 1 through 3 are often so poorly laced together that this book reads like an almanac The reader s challenge is to logically link the content of one sentence to the next You d have to live inside the mind of the author for those chapters to be an informative enjoyable readLater chapters are better mixing social commentary with detail on the availability and expanding civilian use of uns in England Africa and North America as well as uses by the military and as slave trade barterThe Preface proposes that handguns entice persons into fatal violence even within the family But who can honestly argue that antiseptic murder is not facilitated by ready access to the means Some Second Amendment defenders may be offended though fewer than a dozen late pages touch upon that issue Mysticism returns in the final page of the book with the tale of the widow Winchester s Mystery House along with a strained historical echo on the role of Cold War arms production in Silicon Valley s technological revolution Depth of detail of the periods it deals with Gives a new insight into the periods it deals with Gives a new insight into that are not fully expelained in most history books The book is strongest when covering the development of the un trade in Britain and it s relationship with banking and the uakers It also reveals how Redeeming Claire guns were used as a form of currency at a time when money was in physically short supply Much of this was new to me The book looks at the socio economic aspects of the trade look elsewhere for the development ofun making technology as this is only lightly touched upon Why only three stars Better editing would have elimin To the Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles genius whoave Empire of Guns a poor rating because it was written buy an Indian who doesn t understand American Fractured Memory guns issues author and highly respected scholar Priya Satia was born in California Gosh I really wanted to like this book especially since theun nutters hate it but I just could not Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love get into it I am accustomed to reading academic work so it wasn t the deep research Iuess her narrative form just left me cold It is mechanistic rather than exciting The author digs deeply into powerful families in England who dominated the un trade THERE IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES THEI. in the 17th and 18th Centuries Thei. by award winning historian Priya Satia upends this conventional wisdom by placing war and Britain's prosperous un trade at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the state's imperial expansionSatia brings to life this bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal Samuel Galton of Birmingham one of Britain's most prominent unmakers has been condemned by his fellow uakers who argue that his profession violates the society's pacifist principles In his fervent self defense Galton argues that the state's heavy reliance on industry for all of its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain's near constant state of war.