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“As the nation needed more firepower, its brightest minds worked to find ways of producing better guns, more quickly”

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

By Priya Satia

Gerald Duckworth and Co, £30, hardback, 544 pages

When you think of guns, it’s unlikely that the first revolution that comes to mind is the Industrial Revolution. Yet this book argues that firearms were, in fact, key to Britain’s extraordinary development in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, because of what else was happening during that period: war. As the nation needed more firepower, its brightest minds worked to find ways of producing better guns, more quickly, and on a vastly increased scale. It’s a complex but remarkable story, with some surprising lead characters – who would have thought that the Quakers played such a large role in such a violent episode?

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