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A Nation Of Fliers
     

A Nation Of Fliers

by Peter Fritzsche
 

Editorial Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Fritzsche's unusual and enthralling history is about the most pervasive of [Germany's] dreams, the national dream of an empire of the air.
— Martin Pawley

German Studies Review

Peter Fritzsche presents a remarkable blend of technological, social, and cultural history in his study of the popular German reaction to early aviation...His findings have sizable implications for all scholars of twentieth-century Germany.
— Norman W. Goda

Dissent
An important, thought-provoking study.
American Historical Review

A fundamental breakthrough in the development of an understanding of how technology fed a Faustian vision of modernism in which nationalism and industrial society became ever more compatible and ever more popular...A model in its insight into the correlation of technology and the popular imagination in the twentieth century.
— Ronald Warloski

Air Power History

An excellent book, beautifully written...There is really nothing quite like it in the field...Its combination of solid scholarship, appealing writing, and provocative thought makes it an important contribution to our understanding of modern German military history.
— Edward Homze

Journal of Modern History

This book illuminates a significant event-the human acquisition of powers of flight…The first chapter, on the zeppelin craze, is a splendid evocation of the popular enthusiasm that flooded the channels of official patriotism and disturbed the princes jostled by the masses coming to witness the flyby or landing of zeppelin…and this book becomes an informative and useful essay on the German experience of aviation in the first three decades of the twentieth century…Its strengths become obvious as it turns to the phenomenon of human flight in its German incarnation, recognizing the broad-spectrum appeal of flight and the peculiar relations between fliers and the masses it engenders…This work is useful and well worth reading. It promises a fuller, more detailed continuation of the project of understanding the role flight plays in making us different from our ancestors.
— Eric Leed

German Politics and Society

A fascinating tale that provides a refreshing perspective on the history of early twentieth-century Germany, and Peter Fritzsche has told it with flair, passion, and an array of evidence taken from a wide range of little-known sources.
— Robert Wohl

The Guardian - Martin Pawley
Peter Fritzsche's unusual and enthralling history is about the most pervasive of [Germany's] dreams, the national dream of an empire of the air.
Journal of Modern History - Eric Leed
This book illuminates a significant event-the human acquisition of powers of flight…The first chapter, on the zeppelin craze, is a splendid evocation of the popular enthusiasm that flooded the channels of official patriotism and disturbed the princes jostled by the masses coming to witness the flyby or landing of zeppelin…and this book becomes an informative and useful essay on the German experience of aviation in the first three decades of the twentieth century…Its strengths become obvious as it turns to the phenomenon of human flight in its German incarnation, recognizing the broad-spectrum appeal of flight and the peculiar relations between fliers and the masses it engenders…This work is useful and well worth reading. It promises a fuller, more detailed continuation of the project of understanding the role flight plays in making us different from our ancestors.
Air Power History - Edward Homze
An excellent book, beautifully written...There is really nothing quite like it in the field...Its combination of solid scholarship, appealing writing, and provocative thought makes it an important contribution to our understanding of modern German military history.
German Politics and Society - Robert Wohl
A fascinating tale that provides a refreshing perspective on the history of early twentieth-century Germany, and Peter Fritzsche has told it with flair, passion, and an array of evidence taken from a wide range of little-known sources.
American Historical Review - Ronald Warloski
A fundamental breakthrough in the development of an understanding of how technology fed a Faustian vision of modernism in which nationalism and industrial society became ever more compatible and ever more popular...A model in its insight into the correlation of technology and the popular imagination in the twentieth century.
German Studies Review - Norman W. Goda
Peter Fritzsche presents a remarkable blend of technological, social, and cultural history in his study of the popular German reaction to early aviation...His findings have sizable implications for all scholars of twentieth-century Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674601222
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Fritzsche is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign..

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