History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Priya Satia on Empire of Guns

Lecture | February 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

The 2018 History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Priya Satia of Stanford University: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

Priya Satia was raised in Los Gatos, California, and educated at Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and here at UC Berkeley where she earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She is currently a Professor of Modern British History at Stanford University where she specializes in modern Britain and its empire, especially in the Middle East and South Asia. She uses the methods of cultural history to study the evolution of the material infrastructure of the modern world in the age of empire--state institutions, military technologies, and economic development. Her work examines the ways in which the imperial past has shaped the present and how the ethical dilemmas it posed were understood and managed.

Her first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of the Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2008), won several major prizes, including the prestigious Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association. Her work can also be found in the American Historical Review, Past and Present, Technology and Culture, and elsewhere.

She will present on her forthcoming book, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin Press, 2018). It uses the gun industry as a window onto the relationship between wars of imperial conquest and the industrial revolution, focusing on the ethical dilemmas faced by the Galton family, Quakers who owned Britain’s largest gun-making firm. It illuminates the nation’s emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state’s role in economic development, and the origins of our era’s debates about gun control and the “military-industrial complex.”

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