I'm Dr Brett Holman, an independent historian from Melbourne, 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'. I am currently working on a book based on my PhD thesis for Ashgate, tentatively entitled The Next War in the Air: Britain's Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941. My peer-reviewed publications include an article in War in History on liberal internationalism and the international air force, one in the Journal of Contemporary History on the air panic of 1935, one in the Australian Journal of Politics and History on the reprisals debate during the Blitz, and another on the convertibility of airliners into bombers in Twentieth Century British History. An article on the Australian mystery aeroplane scare of 1918 will appear in the August 2013 issue of History Australia.
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 also blog at the Society for Military History Blog, and can be found at Twitter, Academia.edu and Google Scholar Citations.
I'm not currently an academic, though I do work at the University of Melbourne in an IT support role. Before studying history, I trained as an astrophysicist, obtaining a Master of Science by research from the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne in 1998.
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