A fascinating study of the changing military role of air power in the 20th century, this book examines the sensational impact of the Great War, the pioneering work of air power theorists and visionaries in the interwar period, the air arms race, the Second World War in Europe and the Far East, and, finally, the post-war period.
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The airplane has revolutionized warfare in the modern era more than any other warfare technology. In Air Power in the Age of Total War, John Buckley analyzes the impact of aircraft on battle on land and at sea as well as the strategic aspects of air war. Air power has developed as a key determining factor in the outcome of war. The central theme of the book is that air power was both a cause and a measure of ""total war"" in a period when mass economic and technological mobilization became the cornerstone of victory. Air power was a cause of total war, as it brought conflict home to civilian populations for the first time by widening the battle zone and, more importantly, through the strategic bombing offensives, which directly targeted civilian populations. Demanding so much of a state's economic, resource, and technological base, it was also a measure of total war, in that only a few nations were able to meet this most demanding challenge issued by modern war.
Since 1945 the nature of conflict has changed in many ways, and with the passing of the age of total war, air power has also had to adapt. The rise of nuclear weapons and the spiraling costs of aircraft and their munitions has brought to an end the age of mass air power mobilization and caused a reassessment of the role of air power in modern war. Throughout the book, many myths and false perceptions regarding air power are exploded, notably those concerning the age of aerial chivalry in the Great War, the Luftwaffe's supposed fixation with tactical air power, and the continuing legacy of city bombing in World War II.
Air Power in the Age of Total War will prove essential reading for students ofinternational history, war studies, defense, and strategic studies, providing an invaluable insight into twentieth-century warfare.About the Author:
John Buckley is Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton.
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Book Description Indiana University Press, 1999. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110253335574