100 Years of Air Power and Aviation
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In "100 Years of Air Power and Aviation", Robin Higham presents a critical history of British, American, Soviet, German, Italian, French, Japanese and Israeli aviation. He moves from theory to concrete example and back again, in the process discussing the social, economic and political components of air power; the major wars and police actions in which aircraft have been employed; the composition of air forces; and the creation of aviation industries from the Wright brothers and the early pusher aircraft of World War I through Boeing's competition with Airbus and the development of the Eurofighter. The volume looks at everything from the roots of strategic bombing and tactical air power to the lessons learned and unlearned during the invasion of Ethiopia, the war in China and the Spanish Civil War. It also considers the problems posed by jet aircraft in Korea and the use of Patriot missiles in the Persian Gulf. The author covers anti-guerrilla operations, doctrine, industrial activities and equipment, as well as the development of commercial airlines. Turning his attention to civil aviation in the closing section, Higham discusses the commercial "wars" that saw Braniff fold as Continental filed for bankruptcy and Brazil's Embraer emerge as a third-world success story. He considers the rise and fall of Soviet civil aviation. He discusses the development of new aircraft and the expansion of airports such as O'Hare, which handles more than 200,000 passengers daily. Higham synthesizes 100 years of air power and aviation into cogent sets of principles and valuable lessons for future generations of airmen and politicians. Like his earlier works, this book hopes to capture the interest of scholars, students, enthusiasts and general readers looking for a serious overview by one of the country's leading aviation historians.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 222.3 x 288.3 x 35.8mm | 1,601.2g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 398 b&w photographs, bibliography, index
  • 1585442410
  • 9781585442416
  • 2,460,919

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""The depth, clarity, and intellectual richness of this opus is impressive." "Controversial, but always accurate, Robin Higham again provides the basic text for any understanding of a century of air warfare. Students of all levels-begin or continue your exploration here. Encyclopedic in scope and global in range, this revised, updated, and expanded edition incorporates the most recent scholarship into a complete and critical survey of aviation and air power in the 20th Century and beyond."--Stephen l. McFarland, Auburn University "The dean of air power historians scores again with a revised version . . . that contains so much fresh material it is best understood as an independent work. Higham wears his learning lightly in this stimulating and well written analysis of air power's increasingly connected military and civil roles in the twentieth century. Both specialists and general readers will profit from Higham's discussion of air power in the world wars. Even more useful, however, is the book's presentation of the aerial dimension of history warfare since 1945. In a masterpiece of comparative analysis, Higham not only covers every aspect of aircraft in action across a comprehensive spectrum of conflicts. He presents as well the growing shift of emphasis from military to civil and commercial education--a development at least as important as the continued use of aircraft in warmaking."--Dennis Showalter "This book is the reflection work of someone with tremendous experience and scholarly knowledge; of work that cannot be done without years of dedicated study. The description and evaluation of technological changes and their effect on air power is magisterial. The depth, clarity, and intellectual richness of this opus is impressive."--Roger D. Launius "This great sprawling book covers the history of aviation and airpower from 1903 to 2003 embracing not only the major and minor wars but also airlines, airports, and the aviation industry in its broadest sense. Some readers may be put off by the author's stream of consciousness prose style, but those who persist will find his many interpretations uniquely provocative and stimulating. Virtually every page offers fresh ideas and original suggestions. This multi-national and multi-service study reflects and presents the mature reflections of a life-long scholar who is himself a flyer, one who has immersed himself in the virtually limitless literature of aviation in the 20th Century. Much of the appeal of his work, apart from its comprehensiveness, stems from the author's willingness to challenge conventional wisdom."--I. B. Holley, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University Controversial, but always accurate, Robin Higham again provides the basic text for any understanding of a century of air warfare. Students of all levels begin or continue your exploration here. Encyclopedic in scope and global in range, this revised, updated, and expanded edition incorporates the most recent scholarship into a complete and critical survey of aviation and air power in the 20th Century and beyond. --Stephen l. McFarland, Auburn University" The dean of air power historians scores again with a revised version . . . that contains so much fresh material it is best understood as an independent work. Higham wears his learning lightly in this stimulating and well written analysis of air power s increasingly connected military and civil roles in the twentieth century. Both specialists and general readers will profit from Higham s discussion of air power in the world wars. Even more useful, however, is the book s presentation of the aerial dimension of history warfare since 1945. In a masterpiece of comparative analysis, Higham not only covers every aspect of aircraft in action across a comprehensive spectrum of conflicts. He presents as well the growing shift of emphasis from military to civil and commercial education -a development at least as important as the continued use of aircraft in warmaking. --Dennis Showalter" This book is the reflection work of someone with tremendous experience and scholarly knowledge; of work that cannot be done without years of dedicated study. The description and evaluation of technological changes and their effect on air power is magisterial. The depth, clarity, and intellectual richness of this opus is impressive. --Roger D. Launius" This great sprawling book covers the history of aviation and airpower from 1903 to 2003 embracing not only the major and minor wars but also airlines, airports, and the aviation industry in its broadest sense. Some readers may be put off by the author s stream of consciousness prose style, but those who persist will find his many interpretations uniquely provocative and stimulating. Virtually every page offers fresh ideas and original suggestions. This multi-national and multi-service study reflects and presents the mature reflections of a life-long scholar who is himself a flyer, one who has immersed himself in the virtually limitless literature of aviation in the 20th Century. Much of the appeal of his work, apart from its comprehensiveness, stems from the author s willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. --I. B. Holley, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University" "This book is the reflection work of someone with tremendous experience and scholarly knowledge; of work that cannot be done without years of dedicated study. The description and evaluation of technological changes and their effect on air power is magisterial. The depth, clarity, and intellectual richness of this opus is impressive."--Roger D. Launiusshow more

About Robin Higham

Robin Higham, a former R.A.F. pilot, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and is professor emeritus at Kansas State University. He is widely credited with having established aviation history as an academic discipline.show more

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