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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521859573

ISBN-13: 9780521859578

Pub. Date: 05/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Focusing on one of the last untold chapters in the history of human flight, Dictatorship of the Air is the first book to explain the true story behind twentieth-century Russia’s quest for aviation prominence. Based on nearly a decade of scholarly research, but written with general readers in mind, this is the only account to answer the question “What is

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Focusing on one of the last untold chapters in the history of human flight, Dictatorship of the Air is the first book to explain the true story behind twentieth-century Russia’s quest for aviation prominence. Based on nearly a decade of scholarly research, but written with general readers in mind, this is the only account to answer the question “What is ‘Russian’ about Russian aviation?” From the 1909 arrival of machine-powered flight in the “land of the tsars” to the USSR’s victory over Hitler in 1945, Dictatorship of the Air describes why the airplane became the preeminent symbol of industrial progress and international power for generations of Russian statesmen and citizens, The book reveals how, behind a facade of daredevil pilots, record-setting flights, and gargantuan airplanes, Russia’s long-standing legacies of industrial backwardness, cultural xenophobia, and state-directed modernization prolonged the nation’s dependence on western technology and ultimately ensured the USSR’s demise.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859578
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Centennial of Flight Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

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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