Architectures of survival: air war and urbanism in Britain, 1935-1952

Page, Adam (2019) Architectures of survival: air war and urbanism in Britain, 1935-1952. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781526122582

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Architectures of survival investigates the relationship between air war and urbanism in modern Britain, and asks how the development of airpower and the targeting of cities influenced perceptions of urban spaces and visions of urban futures. The book brings together a diverse range of source material to highlight the connections between practices of warfare and urbanism in the twentieth century. The book covers the interwar period, the Second World War, and the early Cold War to demonstrate how airpower created a permanent threat to cities. It considers how architects, town planners and government officials reframed bombing as an ongoing urban problem, rather than one contingent to a particular conflict, and details how the constant threat of air raids prompted planning for defence and planning for development to become increasingly entangled. It highlights the importance of war and the anticipation of war in modern urban history, and argues that the designation of cities as targets has had long-lasting consequences. It addresses militarisation in modern Britain by investigating how air war became incorporated into civilian debates about the future of cities and infrastructure, and vulnerability to air raids was projected onto the mundane material culture of everyday urban life.

Keywords:Urbanism, Second World War, Cold War, Air war, Architecture, Civil defence, Militarisation, Town planning, Modern Britain
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:31033
Deposited On:08 Mar 2018 12:05

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