Cover

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Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface: Dessau: The City in Green

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pp. vii-x

Dessau, Germany, known to locals as the “city in green,” lies two hours south of Berlin by train. Travel to the city from the “old West” means passing through the bones of the Cold War borderlands, still distinctly obvious due to the architectural differences and the train stations—spotlessly clean and modern in the “old West” but decrepit and graffiti-covered in the “former East.” ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This work could not have been completed without the guidance and help of many people spread out across Australia, North America, and Europe. Jackson Hughes at the University of Adelaide first showed me the way, and William Leary and John Morrow at the University of Georgia finished me off. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Munich’s Englischer Garten (English Garden) winds tranquilly through the Bavarian capital’s northern suburbs. Only seconds from the city’s vibrant business district, the “Garten” provides an escape from work’s anxieties. Trails run for miles through copses of oak trees, stretch out over mowed soccer fields and wide meadows, and follow diverted streams of the Isar River. ...

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1: The War Years, 1914–1918

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pp. 11-36

In only four years, World War I created much of the world we still live in today. Modern aviation was no exception, having been born just a decade before the war began and emerging from it, in accelerated fashion, as a mature technology with considerable military applications. ...

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2: The Russian Affair, 1918–1924

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pp. 37-66

Chaos, anxiety, and uncertainty marked the end of Germany’s Great War. The imperial system in place since 1871 evaporated, and German speakers across the empire’s former territories awoke to find themselves residents of a broken world. The postwar vacuum encompassed all areas of German political, bureaucratic, and social life, rendering old certainties irrelevant. ...

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3: Diverging Paths, 1921–1926

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pp. 67-102

Civil aviation in Germany entered the twentieth century with distinctly militaristic overtones, as Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s creations loomed over Europe, creating sensations of wonder and dread. Within Germans themselves, the Zeppelins inspired feelings of enormous pride in their technical abilities, ...

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4: On the Edge, 1927–1932

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pp. 123-164

As 1927 began, Junkers’s optimism returned. The struggles of the previous two years lay behind him, and once again, he directed the firm’s operations without state oversight. The sale of his remaining stake in the Fili plant provided the firm with a fresh injection of capital, a financial base further strengthened through the transfer of funds from Turkey back to Dessau. ...

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5: Twilight and Eclipse, 1932–1935

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pp. 165-184

With the sale of ICO, Hugo Junkers faced the painful realization that his dream of creating a worldwide aviation network incorporating aircraft production and airlines was no longer achievable. His transference of daily control to Adolf Dethmann reflected this realization, ...

Notes

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pp. 185-230

Bibliography

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pp. 231-234

Index

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pp. 235-245

Back Cover

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Photo Gallery

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pp. 103-122