It's been way too hot this week to blog, whatever energy I could muster I put towards that thesis thing. Instead, there's this:
David Edgerton. Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Expands upon the suggestion put forward in England and the Aeroplane that the fabled British welfare state is more aptly described as a warfare state. DID YOU KNOW: Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks sketch is a take-off of Concorde and the Ministry of Technology (p. 264)? Well, you're clever then aren't you.
J.M. Spaight. Aircraft in War. London: Macmillan and Co., 1914. This is a look at the legal do's and do-not-do's of air warfare, as things stood just before the Great War (the book evidently went to press in June 1914). The first of many books on airpower by Spaight.
Dan Todman. The Great War: Myth and Memory. London and New York: Hambledon and London, 2005. Written by Mr Trench Fever himself, this looks like a lot of fun - I am looking forward to reading it. But why is my copy called The Great War when the publishers and the booksellers, claim it's called The First World War? Weird.
C.C. Turner. Britain's Air Peril: The Danger of Neglect, Together with Considerations on the Role of an Air Force. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1933. Major Turner was pro-disarmament - as long as that meant the army and navy only, for he thought the RAF could subsititute for them to a large degree. Otherwise, he was against it, and thought the disarmament process was dangerous for Britain. Lucky Hitler came along then!
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