With the latest issue of History of War, you have the chance to win two quality book prizes: one engrossing new study by one of the world’s leading historians of the British Empire; the other, an exquisite new collection of classic military literature from Penguin, celebrating the centenary of the RAF. You can enter each competition below for your chance to win each fantastic prize.
In her new book, Professor Priya Satia explores the historical roots of the firearms trade, and how guns have influenced not just the outcomes of battles but also culture and society around the globe. Empire Of Guns: The Violent Making Of The Industrial Revolution is a study of some three centuries leading up to 1815, during which the British Empire expanded its territory and influence around the world – all at the trigger of a gun.
The study focuses on the role and importance of the gun trade to the Industrial Revolution, and the moral quandaries of those deeply involved in its success. The Birmingham arms manufacturer Samuel Galton was accused of contradicting his Quaker faith by his involvement in producing lethal weapons.
However, Satia takes Galton’s case to show how the actual production of weapons was only one gear in the great war machine of the British Empire. Everyone from miners to bankers, Satia argues, were part of the military-industrial economy of the 18th century, which was expanding the borders of the empire.
History of War, courtesy of Duckworth Publishers, has three copies of Empire Of Guns to give away to readers, each worth £30.
To be in with a chance of winning Empire of Guns, simply answer the simple question below. For more information about the title, please visit: www.ducknet.co.uk
Also up for grabs this issue is a quality collection of six military fiction titles to commemorate 100 years of the Royal Air Force. The RAF Centenary Collection which includes thrilling stories from across the RAF’s long history, such as Going Solo, Roald Dahl’s much-loved account of flying – and crashing – during the North Africa campaign.
Immediate Response, by Chinook helicopter pilot Major Mark Hammond, gives a gripping account from much more recent operations, flying under heavy fire in Afghanistan.
This issue, History of War has a complete set of the RAF Centenary Collection – all six titles – to give away to one lucky winner. The collection is available now in paperback, individually priced £7.99.
To be in with a chance of winning the Penguin RAF Centenary Collection, simply answer the simple question below. For more information about the title, please visit: www.penguin.co.uk