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Governing from the Skies: A Global History of Aerial Bombing


ISBN: 9781784785956

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Verso, 2017
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm

Ever since its invention, aviation has embodied the dream of perpetual peace between nations, yet the other side of this is the nightmare of an unprecedented deadly power. A power initially deployed on populations that the colonizers deemed too restive, it was then used to strike the cities of Europe and Japan during World War II. With air war it is now the people who are directly taken as target, the people as support for the war effort, and the sovereign people identified with the state. This amounts to a democratisation of war, and so blurs the distinction between war and peace.

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