Airpower: Theory and Practice / Edition 1

Airpower: Theory and Practice / Edition 1

by John Gooch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0714641863

ISBN-13: 9780714641867

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The rapid development of airpower has been one of the most marked features of warfare in the twentieth century. It has been attended by great controversy, both among its practitioners and between historians and political scientists who seek to understand and explain it. The nine contributions to this volume focus on key issues in these debates. In dealing with the…  See more details below

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The rapid development of airpower has been one of the most marked features of warfare in the twentieth century. It has been attended by great controversy, both among its practitioners and between historians and political scientists who seek to understand and explain it. The nine contributions to this volume focus on key issues in these debates. In dealing with the many topics within this book, methodological issues are also tackled in a manner of interest and importance both to historians and to political scientists. Airpower: Theory and Practice spans almost the entire history of air warfare, from World War I to the Second Gulf War (1991). It considers the role of the individual propagandist for the new arm, Alexander P. de Seversky and his book Victory Through Air Power (1942) adapted for the cinema screen by Walt Disney, and the influence of institutions on a new armed service, which constrained the birth of the French Air Force between the wars. One study looks at a decisive yet modest aerial intervention in a modern but limited internal war, the role of the German Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War. Three of the essays analyse in detail the nature of Anglo-American air doctrine and co-operation, during 1941-45, both in the strategic bombing of Germany and in the Atlantic maritime war against the U-boat menace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714641867
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Proselytiser and Prophet: Alexander P. de Seversky and American Airpower7
Institution and Airpower: The Making of the French Air Force36
The Luftwaffe and the Coalition Air War in Spain, 1936-193968
British and American Approaches to Strategic Bombing: Their Origins and Implementation in the World War II Combined Bomber Offensive91
'Precision' and 'Area' Bombing: Who Did Which, and When?145
Atlantic Airpower Co-operation, 1941-1945175
Strategic Bombers over the Missile Horizon, 1957-1963198
Airpower vs. Electricity: Electric Power as a Target for Strategic Air Operations237
Notes on Contributors267
Index269

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