This is a partial and preliminary bibliography.

Primary sources


Arlen, Michael. Man's Mortality: A Story. London: William Heinemann, 1933.
Doughty, Charles M. The Cliffs. London: Duckworth, 1909.
Gastine, Louis. War in Space: or, an Air-craft War between France and Germany. London and Felling-on-Tyne: Walter Scott Publishing, 1913.
Gloag, John. Tomorrow's Yesterday. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1932.
Earl of Halsbury. 1944. London: Thornton Butterworth, 1926.
Le Queux, William. The Terror of the Air. London: Herbert Jenkins, n.d. [1920].
Linklater, Eric. The Impregnable Women. London: Jonathan Cape, 1938.
McIlraith, Frank and Roy Connolly. Invasion from the Air: A Prophetic Novel. London: Grayson & Grayson, 1934.
Pollard, Leslie. Menace: A Novel of the Near Future. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1935.
Shaw, Desmond. Chaos. London: Hutchison & Co., n.d. [1938].
Shute, Nevil. What Happened to the Corbetts. Melbourne: William Heinemann, 1956 [1939].
Wells, H.G. The Last War: A World Set Free [The World Set Free]. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2001 [1914]. (online version)
Wells, H.G. The War in the Air: And Particularly how Bert Smallways Fared while it Lasted. Thirsk: House of Stratus, 2002 [1908]. (online version)
Wells, H.G. The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1933. (online version)


Charlton, L.E.O. The Next War. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1937.
Charlton, L.E.O. War from the Air: Past Present Future. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1935.
Charlton, L.E.O. War Over England. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1936.
Charlton, L.E.O., G.T. Garratt and R. Fletcher. The Air Defence of Britain. London: Penguin, 1938.
Grahame-White, Claude and Harry Harper. The Aeroplane in War. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1912.
Griffin, Jonathan. Glass Houses and Modern War. London: Chatto & Windus, 1938.
Groves, P.R.C. Behind the Smoke Screen. London: Faber & Faber, 1934.
Hearne, R.P. Aerial Warfare. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1909.
Viscount Rothermere. My Fight to Rearm Britain. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1939.
Spaight, J.M. Aircraft in War. London: Macmillan & Co., 1914.

Secondary sources

Aviation and British society

Bialer, Uri. The Shadow of the Bomber: The Fear of Air Attack and British Politics, 1932-1939. London: Royal Historical Society, 1980. (notes)
Edgerton, David. England and the Aeroplane: Militarism, Modernity and Machines. London: Penguin, 2013. Second edition. (notes on the first edition)
Gollin, Alfred. No Longer an Island: Britain and the Wright Brothers, 1902-1909. London: Heinemann, 1984.
Gollin, Alfred. The Impact of Air Power on the British People and their Government, 1909-14. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989.
Grayzel, Susan R. At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain From the Great War to the Blitz. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Haapamaki, Michelle. The Coming of the Aerial War: Culture and the Fear of Airborne Attack in Inter-war Britain. London: I. B. Tauris, 2014.
Holman, Brett. The Next War in the Air: Britain's Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.
James, John. The Paladins: A Social History of the RAF up to the Outbreak of World War II. London and Sydney: Macdonald, 1990.
Paris, Michael. Winged Warfare: The Literature and Theory of Aerial Warfare in Britain, 1859-1917. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1992.

Aviation and other societies

Corn, Joseph J. The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation, 1900-1950. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Fritzsche, Peter. A Nation of Fliers: German Aviation and the Popular Imagination. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1992.
Wohl, Robert. A Passion for Wings: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1908-1918. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994.
Wohl, Robert. The Spectacle of Flight: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1920-1950. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005.


Buckley, John. Air Power in the Age of Total War. Bloomington and Indianopolis: Indiana University Press, 1999.
Hallion, Richard P. Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity through the First World War. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Morrow, John H. The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.

Strategic bombing and air policy

Biddle, Tami Davis. Rhetoric and Reality in Strategic Air Warfare: The Evolution and Reality of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002.
Cole, Christopher and E.F. Cheesman. The Air Defence of Britain 1914-1918. London: Putnam, 1984.
Cooper, Malcolm. The Birth of Independent Air Power: British Air Policy in the First World War. London and Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1986.
Driver, Hugh. The Birth of Military Aviation: Britain, 1903-1914. London: Royal Historical Society, 1997.
Ferris, John. "Fighter defence before Fighter Command: the rise of strategic air defence in Great Britain, 1917-1934." Journal of Military History 63 (1999): 845-84.
Jones, Neville. The Origins of Strategic Bombing: A Study of the Development of British Air Strategic Thought and Practice upto 1918. London: William Kimber & Co., 1973.
Omissi, David E. Air Power and Colonial Control: The Royal Air Force 1919-1939. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990.
Overy, Richard. The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945. London: Allen Lane, 2013.
Powers, Barry D. Strategy Without Slide-Rule: British Air Strategy 1914-1939. London: Croom Helm, 1976. (notes)
Quester, George H. Deterrence Before Hiroshima: The Airpower Background of Modern Strategy. New Brunswick and Oxford: Transaction Books, 1986 [1966].
Robertson, Scot. The Development of RAF Strategic Bombing Doctrine, 1919-1939. Westport and London: Praeger, 1995.
Smith, Malcolm. British Air Strategy between the Wars. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.

Future-war fiction

Ceadel, Martin. "Popular fiction and the next war, 1918-1939." In Class, Culture and Social Change: A New View of the 1930s, edited by Frank Gloversmith. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1980.
Clarke, I.F. Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Second edition.

Biological and chemical warfare

Cook, Tim. "'Against God-inspired conscience': the perception of gas warfare as a weapon of mass destruction, 1915-1939." War & Society 18 (2000): 47-69.
Hugh-Jones, Martin. "Wickham Steed and German biological warfare research." Intelligence and National Security 7 (1992): 379-402.

Military theorists

Higham, Robin. The Military Intellectuals in Britain: 1918-1939. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1966.


Ceadel, Martin. Pacifism in Britain, 1914-1945: The Defining of a Faith. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1980.
Lynch, Cecelia. Beyond Appeasement: Interpreting Interwar Peace Movements in World Politics. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1999.
Morris, A.J. Anthony. Radicalism Against War, 1906-1914. London: Longman, 1972.

Fascism and aviation

Cook, Colin. "A fascist memory: Oswald Mosley and the myth of the airman." European Review of History 4 (1997): 147-61.
Griffiths, Richard. Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany 1933-9. London: Constable, 1989.
Kershaw, Ian. Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry and Britain's Road to War. London; Allen Lane, 2004.