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Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy

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From the flights of the Wright brothers through the mass journeys of the jet age, airplanes inspired Americans to reimagine their nation's place within the world. Now, Jenifer Van Vleck reveals the central role commercial aviation played in the United States' rise to global preeminence in the twentieth century. As U.S. military and economic influence grew, the federal government partnered with the aviation industry to carry and deliver American power across the globe and to sell the very idea of the "American Century" to the public at home and abroad.

Invented on American soil and widely viewed as a symbol of national greatness, the airplane promised to extend the frontiers of the United States "to infinity," as Pan American World Airways president Juan Trippe said. As it accelerated the global circulation of U.S. capital, consumer goods, technologies, weapons, popular culture, and expertise, few places remained distant from the influence of Wall Street and Washington. Aviation promised to secure a new type of empire--an empire of the air instead of the land, which emphasized access to markets rather than the conquest of territory and made the entire world America's sphere of influence.

By the late 1960s, however, foreign airlines and governments were challenging America's control of global airways, and the domestic aviation industry hit turbulent times. Just as the history of commercial aviation helps to explain the ascendance of American power, its subsequent challenges reflect the limits and contradictions of the American Century.

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Jenifer Van Vleck's Empire of the Air reveals the central role commercial aviation played in the U.S. ascent to global preeminence in the twentieth century, as the federal government partnered with the aviation industry to deliver American power across the globe and sell the idea of the "American Century" to the public at home and abroad.

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Co-Winner, 2014 Gaddis Smith International Book Prize, MacMillan Center, Yale University

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Honorable Mention, 2014 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

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Jenifer Van Vleck is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674050945
Subtitle:
Aviation and the American Ascendancy
Author:
Van Vleck, Jenifer
Author:
Jenifer Van Vleck
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
TRANSPORTATION / Aviation/History
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
TECHNOLO
Subject:
GY & ENGINEERING / History
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Jenifer Van Vleck's Empire of the Air reveals the central role commercial aviation played in the U.S. ascent to global preeminence in the twentieth century, as the federal government partnered with the aviation industry to deliver American power across the globe and sell the idea of the "American Century" to the public at home and abroad.
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