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The coming of the aerial war : culture and the fear of airborne attack in inter-war Britain

Author: Michele Haapamäki
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Series: International library of twentieth century history
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the age of H.G. Wells and Biggles, the opening up of the air to balloons and planes - the Royal Flying Corps was founded in 1912 - appealled to concepts of courage and bravery which would be both encouraged and undermined by the experiences of World War I. Here, the author charts the history of flight and of war in the air in the early 20th century, addressing the key issues of interwar historiography such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Haapamäki
ISBN: 9781780764184 1780764189
OCLC Number: 819520964
Description: pages cm.
Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Situating Moods - Aviation Enthusiasts and Fear Chapter 2: Anticipating New Weapons - Theorizing Aerial Warfare Chapter 3: "The Dew of Death" - Dueling Perspectives on Poison Gas Chapter 4: C.G. Grey and J.B.S. Haldane - Two Professional Men, Two Ideologies Chapter 5: The Psychology of the Terror Victim in the Spanish Civil War - Morale and Defiance Chapter 6: Criticism from the Left - Gas Masks, Refuge Rooms, and Deep Shelters Chapter 7: Terror From the Skies - Wartime and the Challenge to Civil Liberties Chapter 8: Britishness - Civilians on the Home Front and National Identity Chapter 9: Architecture and Idealism - The Finsbury Deep Shelter Project Chapter 10: Dissent, Patriotism and the Final Showdown Over Deep Shelter Policy Conclusions: Violence and Terror - Reflections on Perpetual Fears
Series Title: International library of twentieth century history
Responsibility: Michele Haapamäki.

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In the first half of the 20th century the possibility of flight opened up entirely new avenues of thought and exploration. In the age of H.G. Wells and Biggles, the opening up of the air to balloons  Read more...

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