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Air and Sea Power in World War I


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Introduction The Royal Flying Corps The Royal Navy Historiography Chapter 1: Training Royal Flying Corps Training Effectiveness of the RFC Training Programme Royal Navy Training Effectiveness of the Naval Training Programme Chapter 2: Non-Combat & Service Motivation Courage Coping with Action: Killing Coping with Action: Death Threats to Motivation: Poor Leadership Threats to Motivation: Boredom and Discomfort Threats to Motivation: Lack of Moral Fibre Encouraging Motivation: Pride in Service Encouraging Motivation: Manliness Encouraging Motivation: Comradeship Encouraging Motivation: Leisure Encouraging Motivation: Personal Control Chapter 3: Technology History of Technology The Royal Flying Corps: The Aircraft Industry The Effect of Technological Invention: Aerial Views The Effect of Technological Invention: Physical Protection Pilot Led Innovation: Arming the Aeroplane Pilot Led Innovation: Aerial Bombardment The Royal Navy Preparing a Base Civilian Scientists and National Defence Submarines Anti-Submarine Developments Chapter 4: Home Front The Threat Life on the Home Front: 1914-1915 Combat on the Home Front: The RNAS 1914-1915 Combat Preparations: Not Fighting the Zeppelin 1914-1915 Combat on the Home Front: Fighting the Zeppelin 1914-1915 Life on the Home Front: 1916-1918 Combat on the Home Front: Not Fighting the Zeppelin 1916 Combat on the Home Front: Aeroplane Raids 1917-1918 Servicemen: View of the Raids Chapter 5: Representations of War RAF: The Establishment of a Peacetime Service Public Affection Heroism and Pilots Creating the Myth The Navy Political and Economic Consequences of the Naval War Naval Inertia and Lost Faith Conclusion The Contribution of the RFC and Navy to Great War Studies Endnotes

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The Great War tore Europe apart, killing over 35 million men and challenging the notion of heroism. Air and Sea Power in World War I focuses on the experience of World War I from the perspective of pilots and sailors,to demonstrate that the army-centric view of war studies has been too limited.

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Maryam Philpott has a degree in History and Education and an MPhil from Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis at Birkbeck College, University of London examined the experience of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy in the Great War. Maryam currently works at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College, London.


'Maryam Philpott turns her insightful historical gaze to the live experiences of men in the navy and air force. It is a compelling read.' Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. 'This is an important and original contribution to our understanding of the First World War. It uses the first-hand experience of those who fought in the Royal Navy and the Air Services to examine key issues of moral and motivation, and highlights the way that this experience often differed sharply from that of the army, which has hitherto attracted the lion's share of the scholarly effort.' -Professor Richard Holmes CBE 'Maryam Philpott has produced a stimulating book which suggests many lines for further research - Philpott is to be commended for [two] major achievements with this work..she has displayed a mastery of a broad range of complex supporting literature' -Jonathan Boff, The Mariner's Mirror

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