Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia Scott W. Palmer

ISBN: 9780521130431

Published: April 1st 2009

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307 pages


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Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia  by  Scott W. Palmer

Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia by Scott W. Palmer
April 1st 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 307 pages | ISBN: 9780521130431 | 3.16 Mb

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 scholarlyMoreFocusing 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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