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The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes

Willie Hiatt


This book examines technology, modern identity, and history-making in Peru by telling the story of the surprising success of Peruvian pilots and how their achievements generated great optimism that this new technology could lift the country out of its self-perceived backwardness. Though poor infrastructure, economic woes, a dearth of technical expertise, and a ghastly number of pilot deaths slowed the project after the first flights over Lima in 1911, the image of intrepid Peruvian pilots inspired a new sense of national possibility. Airplanes seemed to embody not just technological progress b ... More

Keywords: Peru, technology, identity, history-making infrastructure, Peruvian aviation, kinship, airplanes, aviation project

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190248901
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Willie Hiatt, author
Associate Professor of History, Long Island University, Post Campus