Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology

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JHU Press, Oct 29, 2007 - History - 192 pages
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Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance attacks. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare and the great excitement of the Space Age.

This volume focuses on rocketry in late-twentieth-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, as well as the spread of rocket technology to East Asia and the Middle East. It covers the full history of rocket technology—including how rockets improved in performance, reliability, and versatility and how they affected everyday life.

  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Age of Black Powder 10001900
7
3 The Birth of Modern Rocketry 19001942
25
4 Rockets in World War II 19391945
41
5 Rockets for Research 19451960
57
6 Ballistic Missiles and the Cold War 19451990
71
7 Rockets to the Moon 19601975
93
8 Tactical Missiles in the Cold War 19501990
111
9 Spaceflight Becomes Routine 1970Present
125
10 Missiles after the Cold War 1990Present
139
What Next?
155
Glossary
161
Further Reading
165
Index
169
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A. Bowdoin Van Riper, an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic State University, is the author of Looking Up: Aviation and the Popular Imagination; Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide; and Men among the Mammoths: Victorian Science and the Discovery of Human Prehistory.

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