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

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Cambridge University Press, 31 de jul de 2006 - 307 páginas
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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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More interested in the continuities between the aviation experience in Imperial and Soviet Russia, Palmer finds a comparable use of aviation between both regimes as being not just a marker of ... Ler resenha completa

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Imperial Aviation 19091917
9
The Air Fleet is the Strength of Russia
37
The Origins and Institutions of the Soviet Air Fleet
77
The Images and Institutions of Soviet AirMindedness
103
Aeronautical Iconography and Political Legitimacy
125
Aviation in Service to the State
160
Soviet Aviation in the Age of Stalin 19291945
193
Higher Faster Farther
229
Red Phoenix
259
Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia
282
Index
299
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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.

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