From early zeppelins, to the Luftwaffe and the Enola Gay, to the unmanned aerial vehicles of today, air power has long been regarded as an invaluable instrument of war. However, nations have employed aircraft for many other purposes as well; they provide security and surveillance, and they are vital to myriad diplomatic and humanitarian efforts. Air power has become a means for statesmen to advance a variety of goals, opening up new possibilities and problems in times of peace as well as war.
The Influence of Air Power upon History examines the many ways in which aviation technology has impacted policymaking since 1903. It analyzes air strategy in nations around the world and explores how a country's presumed technological capability, or lack thereof, has become a crucial aspect of diplomacy. Together, the essays in this insightful volume offer a greater understanding of the history of military force and diplomatic relations in the global community.
The University Press of Kentucky; January 2013
- ISBN: 9780813136752
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- Title: The Influence of Airpower upon History
- Author: Robin Higham (ed.); Mark Parillo (ed.); John H. Jr. Morrow (contrib.); Patrick Facon (contrib.); Richard R. Muller (contrib.); David R. Jones (contrib.); Rene De La Pedraja (contrib.); Jeffery S. Underwood (contrib.); Douglas V. Smith (contrib.); Kent S. Coleman (contrib.); Andrew S. Erickson (contrib.); Richard B. USAF (Ret.) Myers (other)
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
In The Press
""Whether as a dream or a nightmare, for good or ill, airpower has been the great seducer. This book is a history of that seduction. The contributors, all experts in their fields, give the volume international relevance. " -- Stephen J. Harris, editor of Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat" --
About The Author
Robin Higham, professor of history emeritus at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Military History of the Soviet Union and Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat.
Mark Parillo, professor of history at Kansas State University, is the author of We Were in the Big One: Experiences of the World War II Generation.