Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia

Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia

by Scott W. Palmer
     
 

Focusing on one of the last untold chapters in the history of human flight, this book explains the true story behind twentieth-century Russia's quest for aviation prominence.See more details below

Overview

Focusing on one of the last untold chapters in the history of human flight, this book explains the true story behind twentieth-century Russia's quest for aviation prominence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521130431
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/13/2009
Series:
Cambridge Centennial of Flight Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Scott W. Palmer is a specialist on the history of modern Russian culture and technology. A frequent traveler to the Russian Federation, he has conducted eight extended visits to Russian archives since 1994. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the United States Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the International Council for Research Exchange, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction : Russia's culture of flight in historical perspective1
Pt. IImperial aviation, 1909-1917
1The dawn of Russian aviation11
2"The air fleet in the strength of Russia"37
Pt. IIThe origins and institutions of the Soviet Air Fleet, 1917-1929
3Mandating red aviation79
4The images and institutions of soviet-mindedness103
5Aeronautical iconography and political legitimacy125
6Aviation in service to the state160
Pt. IIISoviet aviation in the age of Stalin, 1929-1945
7Soviet aviation in the Stalinist culture195
8"Higher, faster, farther!"229
9Red phoenix259
Conclusion : aviation culture and the fate of modern Russia282

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