Cultures and Caricatures of British Imperial Aviation: Passengers, Pilots, Publicity

Overview

The new activity of trans-continental civil flying in the 1930s is a useful vantage point for viewing the extension of British imperial attitudes and practices. Cultures and Caricatures of British Imperial Aviation examines the experiences of those (mostly men) who flew solo or with a companion (racing or for leisure), who were airline passengers (doing colonial administration, business or research), or who flew as civilian air and ground crews. For airborne elites, flying was a modern and often enviable way of ...

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Overview

The new activity of trans-continental civil flying in the 1930s is a useful vantage point for viewing the extension of British imperial attitudes and practices. Cultures and Caricatures of British Imperial Aviation examines the experiences of those (mostly men) who flew solo or with a companion (racing or for leisure), who were airline passengers (doing colonial administration, business or research), or who flew as civilian air and ground crews. For airborne elites, flying was a modern and often enviable way of managing, using and experiencing empire. On the ground, aviation was a device for asserting old empire: adventure and modernity were accompanied by supremacism. At the time, however, British civil imperial flying was presented romantically in books, magazines, and exhibitions. Eighty years on, imperial flying is still remembered, reproduced, and re-enacted in caricature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719086823
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Pirie is Deputy Director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

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Table of Contents

General editor's introduction
• Introduction PART I Private flying
• Aerial adventure
• Seeking supremacy 4* Imperial encounters PART II Commercial flying
• 'PAX' Britannica
• Imperial journeys
• Personifying Empire PART III Virtual flying
• Imperial plumage
• Imperial passages
• Re-flying Empire
• Conclusion
• Index

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