Brett Holman, The Next War in the Air: Britain's Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941 (Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014) (free: PhD thesis)

Book chapters

Brett Holman, ‘The militarisation of aerial theatre: air displays and airmindedness in Britain and Australia between the world wars’, in Popular Culture and Its Relationship to Conflict in the UK and Australia since the Great War, eds. Andrekos Varnava and Michael J. K. Walsh (Abingdon: Routledge, 2023) (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Brett Holman, ‘Spectre and spectacle: mock air raids as aerial theatre in interwar Britain’, in Michael McCluskey and Luke Seaber, eds, Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 227–250, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-60555-1_11 (free: accepted version)

Brett Holman, 'The enemy at the gates: the 1918 mystery aeroplane panic in Australia and New Zealand', in Michael J. K. Walsh and Andrekos Varnava, eds, Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory and Mythology (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2016), 71-96 (free: published text)

Articles (refereed)

Brett Holman, ‘William Le Queux, the Zeppelin menace and the Invisible Hand’, Critical Survey 32, iss. 1/2 (2020), 99-118, doi:10.3167/cs.2019.112605 (free: final version, after peer-review)

Brett Holman, 'The meaning of Hendon: the Royal Air Force Display, aerial theatre and the technological sublime, 1920–37', Historical Research 93, iss. 259 (2020), 131-152, doi:10.1093/hisres/htz001 (free: accepted version, after peer-review)

Brett Holman, 'The militarisation of aerial theatre: air displays and airmindedness in Britain and Australia between the World Wars', Contemporary British History 33, no. 4 (2019), 483-506, doi:10.1080/13619462.2018.1519430 (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Brett Holman, ‘Constructing the enemy within: rumours of secret gun platforms and Zeppelin bases in Britain, August-October 1914’, British Journal for Military History 3, no. 2 (2017), 22-42, (free: published version)

Brett Holman, 'The phantom airship panic of 1913: imagining aerial warfare in Britain before the Great War', Journal of British Studies 55, no. 1 (2016), 99-119, doi:10.1017/jbr.2015.173 (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Brett Holman, 'The shadow of the airliner: commercial bombers and the rhetorical destruction of Britain, 1917-35', Twentieth Century British History 24, no. 4 (2013), 495-517, doi:10.1093/tcbh/hws042 (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Brett Holman, 'Dreaming war: airmindedness and the Australian mystery aeroplane scare of 1918', History Australia 10, iss. 2 (2013), 180-201, doi:10.1080/14490854.2013.11668467 (free: submitted version, before peer review)

Brett Holman, '"Bomb back, and bomb hard": debating reprisals during the Blitz', Australian Journal of Politics and History 58, iss. 3 (2012), 394-407, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01643.x (free: accepted version, after peer-review)

Brett Holman, 'The air panic of 1935: British press opinion between disarmament and rearmament', Journal of Contemporary History 46, iss. 2 (2011), 288-307, doi:10.1177/0022009410392407 (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Brett Holman, 'World police for world peace: British internationalism and the threat of a knock-out blow from the air, 1919-1945', War in History 17, iss. 3 (2010), 313-332, doi:10.1177/0968344510365227 (free: accepted version, after peer review)

Articles (astrophysics, refereed)

M. J. Drinkwater, M. D. Gregg, B. A. Holman and M. J. I. Brown, 'The evolution and star formation of dwarf galaxies in the Fornax Cluster', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 326 (2001), 1067-1094, doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.2001.04646.x (free: published version)


Brett Holman and Tim Sherratt, HeritageoftheAir/hota-time, 7 November 2019,

Articles (non-refereed)

Brett Holman, ‘@TroveAirRaidBot, a 24/7/365 research assistant’, History Australia 18, iss. 4 (2021), 863-867,

Brett Holman, 'The view from below', Great Battles of World War Two, vol. 3: War in the Air, 2020, 30-31

Brett Holman, 'Explainer: the terror behind Keep Calm And Carry On', The Conversation, 12 July 2016,

Brett Holman, 'Seeing things: mystery aeroplanes caused a scare on the home front in 1918', Wartime 61 (2013), 48-53 (republished by Military History and Heritage Victoria)

Brett Holman, 'Ploughshares into swords? The forgotten threat of the commercial bomber', Flightpath, May 2011, 56-9

Brett Holman, 'Looking up at the Luftwaffe', BBC History Magazine, September 2010, 34-6

Brett Holman, 'Who was Neon?', Dirigible 57 (2009), 16-7 (free: original version)

Brett Holman, 'Goodbye, Zeta Reticuli', Fortean Times 242 (November 2008), 50-2

Book reviews

Brett Holman, review of Ross Smith, Flight to Fame: Victory in the 1919 Great Air Race, England to Australia (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2019), Honest History (2019) (free: published version)

Brett Holman, review of Sue Rosen, Scorched Earth: Australia's Secret Plan for Total War under Japanese Invasion in World War II (Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2017), History Australia (2018), 186-8, doi:10.1080/14490854.2018.1416540

Brett Holman, review of Dietmar Süss, Death from the Skies: How the British and Germans Survived Bombing in World War II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), Britain and the World 8 (2015), 112-5, doi:10.3366/brw.2015.170b

Brett Holman, review of Richard Overy, The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (London: Allen Lane, 2013), Wartime 69 (2015)

Brett Holman, review of John Bede Cusack, They Hosed Them Out (Kent Town: Wakefield Press, 2012), Reviews in Australian Studies 8 (2014) (free: published version)

Brett Holman, review of Michael Molkentin, Flying the Southern Cross: Aviators Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2012), Reviews in Australian Studies 7 (2013) (free: published version)

Brett Holman, review of Susan R. Grayzel, At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Journal of Military History 76 (2012), 1267-8

Brett Holman, review of Gordon Pirie, Air Empire: British Imperial Civil Aviation 1919-1939 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009), Journal of Historical Geography 37 (2011), 252, doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2011.02.007

Brett Holman, review of Anthony Aldgate and Jeffrey Richards, Britain Can Take It: British Cinema in the Second World War (London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2007) and S. P. Mackenzie, The Battle of Britain on Screen: ‘The Few’ in British Film and Television Drama (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), Melbourne Historical Journal 36 (2008), 87-90

Ebooks (self-published)

Brett Holman, The Scareship Age, 1892-1946 (2011): EPUB, MOBI, PDF

Brett Holman, Post-blogging the Sudeten Crisis: The British Press, August-October 1938 (2010): EPUB, MOBI, PDF

6 thoughts on “Publications

  1. Is there any possibility of getting a PDF copy of "The Scareship Age"? I'm preparing a website that explores the man-made origins of UFOs (excluding all the nonsense like conspiracy theories - I'm a semi-professional aviation technology historian) and I'd like to explore the Scareships in greater detail. I can explain more about my background and my website when you contact me.


  2. Chris Going

    As you are doubtless now aware, the London Review of Books has just devoted a two page review of 'The Next War in the Air' (they like it). So you'll get a surge in UK sales here, I guess.

    The cover looks just fine -getting the bleed through dealt with was definitely worthwhile.

    PS: Got the Heinkel over London paper published in the Medmenham Club Newsletter in March 2014. I'll get permissions from the image copyright holders if you wish to run it here. Let me know.

    Chris Going

  3. Post author


    Thanks for letting me know – in fact that was the first I heard of it! I'm pretty stunned to get a review in the LRB, it never occurred to me that it was even possible. I've already expressed my appreciation to the marketing people at Ashgate (twice).

    And yes, I'd be glad to republish your Heinkel article here. It would be a nice way to wrap up the whole saga.

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