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Pacifists Making Guns: A British Quaker Family in 18th-century Britain


February 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
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Building 260, Room 113

Lecture by Priya Satia (Stanford University). Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

Part of a lecture series on “Religion, Violence, Nonviolence,” offered in conjunction with RELIGST 29 and RELIGST 119. Free and open to the public. Stanford students may register for credit; see Explore Courses for information.

For full list of lectures in the series, click here.

Priya Satia is Associate Professor of Modern British History at Stanford. She is currently finishing her second book, Empire of Guns: The British State, the Industrial Revolution, and the Conscience of a Quaker Gun-Manufacturer. This book 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.

Professor Satia’s first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East, won the 2009 AHA-Herbert Baxter Adams Book Prize, the 2009 American Historical Aassociation-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, and the 2010 Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Book Prize.