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Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare : the Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945.

Author: Tami Davis Biddle; Tami Davis Davis Biddle
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, Jan. 2009.
Series: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A major revision of our understanding of long-range bombing, this book examines how Anglo-American ideas about ""strategic"" bombing were formed and implemented. It argues that ideas about bombing civilian targets rested on--and gained validity from--widespread but substantially erroneous assumptions about the nature of modern industrial societies and their vulnerability to aerial bombardment. These assumptions were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tami Davis Biddle; Tami Davis Davis Biddle
ISBN: 1400824974 9781400824977 0691120102 9780691120102 0691089094 9780691089096
OCLC Number: 873004157
Language Note: English.
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2002
Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2002
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource (416 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter One: The Beginning: Strategic Bombing in the First World War; Chapter Two: Britain in the Interwar Years; Chapter Three: The United States in the Interwar Years; Chapter Four: Rhetoric and Reality, 1939-1942; Chapter Five: The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1943-1945; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography of Archival Sources; Index.
Series Title: Princeton studies in international history and politics.

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Examines how Anglo-American ideas about "strategic" bombing were formed and implemented. This book argues that ideas about bombing civilian targets rested on - and gained validity from - widespread  Read more...

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