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Priya Satia is professor of modern British history at Stanford University in California. Her latest book is Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (forthcoming, 2018). Her first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East (2008), won three 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.