Air Empire

Air Empire British Imperial Civil Aviation, 1919-39 - Studies in Imperialism

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Air empire is a fresh study of civil aviation as a tool of late British imperialism. The first pioneering flights across the British empire in 1919-20 were flag-waving adventures that recreated an era of plucky British maritime exploration and conquest. Britain's development of international air routes and services was approved, organised and celebrated largely in London; there was some resistance in and beyond the subordinate colonies and dominions. Negotiating the financing and geopolitics of regular commercial air service delayed its inception until the 1930s. Technological, managerial and logistical problems also meant that Britain was slow into the air and slow in the air. Propaganda concealed underperformance and criticism. The study uses archival sources, biographies, industry magazines and newspapers to chronicle the disputed progress toward air empire. The rhetoric behind imperial air service offers a glimpse of late imperial hopes, fears, attitudes and style. Empire air service had emotional appeal and symbolic value, but disappointed in practice.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719041112
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 387.7094109042
DEWEY edition: 22
Number of pages: 249
Weight: 546g
Height: 242mm
Width: 166mm
Spine width: 26mm