Against the Grain

War, Firearms, and the Industrial Revolution

What drove the Industrial Revolution? According to conventional wisdom, it was individual innovation and unfettered private enterprise. According to Priya Satia, it was war-making, the production of firearms, and massive state intervention. The central figure in her new book is a Quaker gunmaker immersed in the rapidly transforming economy of eighteenth-century England.

Priya Satia, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution Penguin Press, 2018

Priya Satia, “We Are All Implicated in the Gun Industry” The Nation

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