By C. Andrew Gerstle

ISBN-10: 0700711848

ISBN-13: 9780700711840

The interval of jap background earlier than the arrival of industrialisation and modernism is of great curiosity. The essays during this assortment express a fascination with the social context in the back of the improvement of aesthetics, drama, language, artwork and philosophy, no matter if or not it's the realm of the excitement quarters or the Shogun's courtroom.

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It was another daylight attack, this time conducted in brilliant sunshine under a clear blue sky. Indeed the weather was so good that operators of the Luftwaffe’s experimental Freya radar stations at Heligoland and Wangerooge could not believe how suicidally the RAF offered itself to the Messerschmitts stationed near by. The attrition rate of 50 per cent on this and the earlier raid was disastrous, not least because Bomber Command was under orders to conserve its forces while reserves were built up and new crews trained.

It is easy to judge the age of these trees, because the open space in which they stand became a park just a little over fifty years ago, so the trees and their park began life together. Before then, for a few years, that open space was filled with ruins, a bare scar of bricks and rubble cleared to ground level. Before then again it was a row of houses; a dozen of them, three-storeyed semidetached Victorian villas identical to the others still standing near by -one of them being the house where I live, and from whose windows I look out.

No such insult is here intended to the men who flew into peril over Europe in the Second World War. To explain just how far from this is the intention in what follows, a fragment of autobiography might help. When I was a small boy in the decade after the war’s end, one of my fantasies was of being a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. I spread my arms and rushed about the garden making machine-gun noises as I swooped on imaginary Dorniers and Heinkels, Ju-88s and Messerschmitts. But my interest in the history of the 1940s air war was not limited to fighter battles.

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