Priya Satia
Professor of History, Stanford University

Priya Satia is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of History at Stanford University in California. Her latest book is Time’s Monster: History, Conscience and Britain’s Empire (Belknap HUP/Penguin Allen Lane, 2020). Her previous book, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin/Duckworth, 2018), won several prizes, including the American Historical Association’s Jerry Bentley Prize. Her first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (2008), also won multiple prizes, including the American Historical Association’s Herbert Baxter Adams Prize. Her academic and popular writing has appeared in American Historical Review, Technology & Culture, Financial Times, Slate, and The Nation, among others.

Written by Priya Satia

Mahatma Gandhi visits the Greenfield Mill at Darwen during his tour of the cotton areas of Lancashire, England, in 1931. Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

Essay/
History
History from below

What shaped the thought of E P Thompson, the great historian of ordinary working people and champion of their significance?

Priya Satia

An 18th-century Indian Matchlock Musket from Lahore. Photo courtesy the Royal Armouries Collections

Essay/
Nations and empires
Guns and the British empire

Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European. Then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards

Priya Satia