I'm Dr Brett Holman, Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. My research interests revolve around the place of aviation in British society and culture in the first half of the 20th century. Primarily this means trying to understand how people responded to the threat of strategic bombing, the fabled 'knock-out blow from the air'. A book based on my PhD thesis, entitled The Next War in the Air: Britain's Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941, is forthcoming with Ashgate. My peer-reviewed publications range across such topics as liberal internationalism and the international air force, the air panic of 1935, the reprisals debate during the Blitz, the convertibility of airliners into bombers, and most recently the Australian mystery aeroplane scare of 1918. My writing for popular audiences has appeared in BBC History Magazine, Wartime, Fortean Times and Flightpath.
This website began as a place for me to organise thoughts and materials for my PhD in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne which I started in August 2005, graduating in August 2009. I can also be found at Twitter, Academia.edu and Google Scholar Citations.
Before becoming an academic, I worked in IT at the University of Melbourne. Previously, I trained as an astrophysicist, obtaining a Master of Science by research from the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne in 1998.