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Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology
     

Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology

by A. Bowdoin Van Riper
 

ISBN-10: 0801887925

ISBN-13: 9780801887925

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance attacks. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia,

Overview

Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance attacks. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare and the great excitement of the Space Age.

This volume focuses on rocketry in late-twentieth-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, as well as the spread of rocket technology to East Asia and the Middle East. It covers the full history of rocket technology—including how rockets improved in performance, reliability, and versatility and how they affected everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887925
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
506,019
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgment     ix
Timeline     xi
Introduction     1
The Age of Black Powder 1000-1900     7
The Birth of Modern Rocketry, 1900-1942     25
Rockets in World War II, 1939-1945     41
Rockets for Research, 1945-1960     57
Ballistic Missiles and the Cold War, 1945-1990     71
Rockets to the Moon, 1960-1975     93
Tactical Missiles in the Cold War, 1950-1990     111
Spaceflight Becomes Routine, 1970-Present     125
Missiles after the Cold War, 1990-Present     139
Conclusion: What Next?     155
Glossary     161
Further Reading     165
Index     169

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