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By Karen Jones,Giacomo Macola

Firearms were studied via imperial historians usually as technique of human destruction and fabric creation. but firearms have consistently 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 offered during this quantity expand the examine 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 endure in this such a lot pervasive of technological artefacts, the participants discover the densely interwoven relationships among firearms and extensive methods of social switch. In so doing, they give a contribution to a fuller realizing of a few of the main major outcomes of British and American imperial expansions. now not the least unique function of the e-book is its international body of reference. Bringing jointly historians of other classes and areas, A Cultural heritage of Firearms within the Age of Empire overcomes conventional compartmentalisations of ancient wisdom and encourages the drawing of novel and illuminating comparisons throughout time and space.

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