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Table of Contents Notes on Usage List of Abbreviations List of Illustration Acknowledgements Introduction: Russia's Culture of Flight in Historical Perspective Part I Imperial Aviation, 1909--1917 Chapter 1: The Dawn of Russian Aviation Tsars of the Air in the Land of the Tsars Russia's Passion for Wings Public Air-Mindedness and National Identity in Late Imperial Russia Compensatory Rhetoric and Aeronautical Transcendence Chapter 2: "The Air Fleet is the Strength of Russia" Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow Aviation between State and Society The Russian Warrior The Marasmus of Imperial Aviation Flights of Fancy Part II The Origins and Institutions of the Soviet Red Air Fleet, 1917--1929 Chapter 3: Mandating "Red" Aviation Continuity amid Change in the History of Russia "From a Dictatorship of the Earth to a Dictatorship of the Air" Friends of the Air Fleet Aviation: Instrument of the Future Chapter 4: The Images and Institutions of Soviet Air-Mindedness "Sovietizing" the Heavens A Soviet Ultimatum The Rhetoric and Reality of Coerced Volunteerism Militarization, Centralization, and the Colossalist Impulse Chapter 5: Aeronautical Iconography and Political Legitimacy The "Turn to the Village" "Our Religion is the Airplane" Aeronautical Icons Air-Minded Rituals Chapter 6: Aviation in Service to the State Compensatory Symbolism and the Politics of Legitimation The Year of Big Flights An Aerial Embassy to Europe Land of the Soviets Part III Soviet Aviation in the Age of Stalin, 1929--1945 Chapter 7: Aviation and Stalinist Culture The Great Break Technology Transfer, Tempos, and Terror The Airplane-Colossus Stalin's Route Chapter 8: "Higher, Faster, Farther!" Victory Stalin's Proud Falcons Crises and Catastrophe on the Eve of World War Chapter 9: Red Phoenix Operation Barbarossa Russia's War Red Phoenix A New Locus of Legitimacy The Lingering Legacy of Dependence Conclusion: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia Bibliography
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Aeronautics -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Aeronautics -- Soviet Union -- History.
Technology transfer -- Soviet Union.
Technology and state -- Russia (Federation).
Soviet Union -- Politics and government.