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Title: World Police for World Peace: British Internationalism and the Threat of a Knock-out Blow from the Air, 1919-1945
Contributor(s): Holman, Brett  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1177/0968344510365227
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Abstract: This paper argues that the remarkably widespread enthusiasm in Britain after 1918 for an international air force was due to a confluence of two factors: the long-standing liberal belief that international law could prevent war, and the emergence of a new theory of warfare which claimed that the bomber was a weapon which could not be defended against. The origins of the international air force concept in the 1920s, its apogee in the 1930s, and its decline (and revival) in the Second World War are examined, showing that its fortunes rose and fell with internationalism and the knock-out blow.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: War in History, 17(3), p. 313-332
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1477-0385
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950504 Understanding Europes Past
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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