Posts Tagged 'Strategic Bombing'

Shock and Awe: A Conference on the History of Aerial Bombing

Details of an interesting conference on bombing at the London School of Economics and Goldsmith College.

A Hundred Years of Bombing from Above

November 2011 marks the centenary of a world-historic event.

An Italian pilot, Guilio Cavotti dropped the first bombs from an aeroplane on to the oasis of Tagiura outside Tripoli.

The development of aerial bombardment was more than just a military revolution.

It changed both war and peace.

It redrew the legal and moral boundaries between civilians and combatants, spread the theatre of war into new environments and expanded the battlefield, making cities into places of mass death and taking warfare into private, domestic spaces.

The conference Shock And Awe: a hundred years of bombing from above will mark this anniversary and explore important elements of the century of bombing that followed the fateful attack on Tegura.

This multi-disciplinary event brings together internationally renowned critics, sociologists, geographers, philosophers and historians to reflect on all aspects of a hundred years of bombing from above.

It will develop a conversation between very different historical experiences and cases of bombing and establish a cosmopolitan conversation about these difficult issues.

The conference will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Goldsmiths, University of London.

More details, including the registration details and programme, can be found here.


Dr Peter Gray at the Institute of Historical Research

Next weeks Military History Semianr at the Institute for Historical Institute is as follows:

Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray

Strategic Leadership of the Bomber Offensive

Held in the Germany Room at the IHR on Tuesday 10 May 2011. It starts at 5pm.

Birmingham Branch of the Historical Association

Next weeks seminar at the Birmingham Branch of the Historical Association is as follows:

Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr. Peter Gray, Senior Air Power Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

‘Churchill and the Bombing of Dresden 1945′

This event will be on 15 February. All lectures 6pm Tuesdays at The Open University, 66 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9NB.

The John Terraine Lecture at the University of Birmingham

[Cross-posted at Birmingham “On War”]

This years John Terraine Lecture at the University of Birmingham’s War Studies Seminar will be delivered by Professor Richard Overy and is on an air power topic. His talk is entitled:

‘The Bombing War in Europe 1939-1945: New Perspectives’

Professor Overy is well-known in the field of air power history with his important work The Air War, 1939-1945. He currently overseas the Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1939-1945 research project funded by the AHRC. This is a joint project between the Universities of Exeter and Reading.

This events will take place on Tuesday 27 April at 5:30pm.


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