By Karen Jones,Giacomo Macola

Firearms were studied via imperial historians customarily as technique of human destruction and fabric construction. but firearms have continuously been invested with an entire array of extra social and symbolical meanings. by way of putting those meanings on the centre of research, the essays awarded during this quantity expand the research of the gun past the confines of army historical past and the exam of its influence on particular colonial encounters. through bringing cultural views to undergo in this such a lot pervasive of technological artefacts, the participants discover the densely interwoven relationships among firearms and huge methods of social swap. In so doing, they give a contribution to a fuller knowing of a few of the main major effects of British and American imperial expansions. no longer the least unique characteristic of the ebook is its worldwide body of reference. Bringing jointly historians of alternative classes and areas, A Cultural background of Firearms within the Age of Empire overcomes conventional compartmentalisations of historic wisdom and encourages the drawing of novel and illuminating comparisons throughout time and space.

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