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From Above: War, Violence, and Verticality

Peter Adey, Mark Whitehead, and Alison Williams


The arrival of the aerostatic balloon at the end of the nineteenth century ushered in a new perspective on the battlefield, taking over from the mount — the hill at the edge of the field of combat — and the fortified tower positioned within it. Since then there has been no perspective more culpable in war, violence, and security than the aerial one. This book explores the aerial view in new depth and clarity. It draws in vivid detail on studies of the aerial perspective today and on rich empirical investigations of the aerial view from the past. The chapters examine a range of case studies and ... More

Keywords: aerostatic balloon, battlefield, combat, violence, security, camouflage, colonial policing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199334797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Adey, editor
Royal Holloway

Mark Whitehead, editor
Aberystwyth University

Alison Williams, editor
Newcastle University

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Peter Adey, Mark Whitehead and Alison J. Williams

Section One Science, Militarism and Distance

1 The Balloon Prospect

Caren Kaplan

2 Lines of Descent

Derek Gregory

5 Photomosaics

Paul K. Saint-Amour

Section Two Aerial Aesthetics, Distortion and the View from Below

Section Three From Close to Remote

10 The Pain of Love

Priya Satia

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