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Rockets and Missiles : The Life Story of a Technology - A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Rockets and Missiles

The Life Story of a Technology

Paperback Published: 30th November 2007
ISBN: 9780801887925
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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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This volume provides a concise, clear history of rockets and missiles from ancient times to the present... Van Riper does an exemplary job in lifting out the critical points from a mass of potentially intimidating detail, and explaining these in terms that lay persons can grasp... In sum, this book recommends itself as a lucid history of missile technology for the general reader. -- Richard Beyler H-Net Reviews

Acknowledgmentp. ix
Timelinep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Age of Black Powder 1000-1900p. 7
The Birth of Modern Rocketry, 1900-1942p. 25
Rockets in World War II, 1939-1945p. 41
Rockets for Research, 1945-1960p. 57
Ballistic Missiles and the Cold War, 1945-1990p. 71
Rockets to the Moon, 1960-1975p. 93
Tactical Missiles in the Cold War, 1950-1990p. 111
Spaceflight Becomes Routine, 1970-Presentp. 125
Missiles after the Cold War, 1990-Presentp. 139
Conclusion: What Next?p. 155
Glossaryp. 161
Further Readingp. 165
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780801887925
ISBN-10: 0801887925
Series: Johns Hopkins Introd
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 30th November 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.32

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