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Author Clodfelter, Mark

Title Beneficial Bombing : the Progressive Foundations of American Air Power, 1917-1945
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (390 pages)
Series Studies in War, Society, & the Military
Studies in War, Society, & the Military
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Source Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Genesis in the Great War; 2. Progressive Prophecy; 3. From Prophecy to Plan; 4. Breaching Fortress Europe, 1942-43; 5. Bludgeoning with Bombs; 6. Fire from the Sky; 7. Progressive Legacies; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Progressive Era, marked by a desire for economic, political, and social reform, ended for most Americans with the ugly reality and devastation of World War I. Yet for Army Air Service officers, the carnage and waste witnessed on the western front only served to spark a new progressive movement--to reform war by relying on destructive technology as the instrument of change. In Beneficial Bombing Mark Clodfelter describes how American airmen, horrified by World War I's trench warfare, turned to the progressive ideas of efficiency and economy in an effort to reform war itself, with the heavy b
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Bombing, Aerial -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Air power -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Precision bombing -- United States -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations.
Progressivism (United States politics) -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Military -- Aviation.
Air power
Bombing, Aerial
Military operations, Aerial
Precision bombing
Progressivism (United States politics)
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780803234499