England and the Aeroplane

An Essay on a Militant and Technological Nation
Edgerton, David
Date published: 
August 1991

In a radical revision of what every English person knows about English technology and industry, David Edgerton argues that twentieth-century England should be seen as a technological, industrial and militant nation. Contrary to the myth of England as an anti-technological, anti-industrial and pacifist nation it shows that English aviation was strong before 1914, continued to be so in the interwar years, and since the second world war. This controversial and provocative study clearly shows that to rewrite the history of the aeroplane is to rewrite important chapters in the history of England.