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How British Gun Manufacturers Changed the Industrial World Lock, Stock and Barrel By Lorraine Boissoneault

In ‘Empire of Guns,’ historian Priya Satia explores the microcosm of firearm manufacturing through an unlikely subject—a Quaker family

For nearly 150 years, beginning in 1688 with the launch of the Nine Years’ War and stretching through the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Great Britain engaged in a state of near-constant warfare. Sparring alternatively with France, Spain, the Dutch Republic and the Holy Roman Empire during this time, the Crown required hundreds of thousands of soldiers, uniforms, and firearms.

Guns, Spies and Empire, Or, Why Good People Do Bad Things: An Interview with Priya Satia

U.S. power today relies on sophisticated global surveillance networks, which the world is keenly aware of but rarely sees. In Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (OUP, 2008), Priya Satia explains how it became possible to possess an empire that was both vast and possible to ignore—how an empire could hide in the skies. Her account is not a story of the United States in the last half-century, but of Britain in the first decades of the twentieth.

Ryan Perkins: Stanford’s first South Asian and Islamic Studies librarian

Stanford’s first South Asian and Islamic Studies librarian, Ryan Perkins, has traveled the world to collect some of the rarest materials related to Indian, Pakistani and Persian history. After coming to Stanford, Perkins used his expertise to stock the University’s libraries with some of the world’s oldest South Asian and Islamic texts. The Daily sat down with Perkins to talk about libraries in the digital age and his experience studying South Asia.


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