A Nation of Fliers examines the rise of aviation in Germany, from its beginnings through the eve of World War II, to illuminate the relationship between technology and culture during the Nazi period. It is not only an interesting book but a profound one.
We take it for granted that technology is somehow the base of modern society, yet insufficient attention has been paid to how technology shapes our society and culture. How, for example, have technological advances shaped popular attitudes toward war?
Radicals have never felt quite comfortable going beyond their tradition’s standard explanations as to the causes of war. But the accepted wisdom—that capitalism and imperialism inherently lead to war—sheds little light on how dominant groups foster ideological hatred within their societies....
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