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Making Jet Engines in World War II: Britain, Germany, and the United States

Hermione Giffard


Making jet engines sets out a new account of the central features of invention in the twentieth-century. It shows the consequences of the proposed model by giving a radically new history of the jet engine’s earliest years in Germany, Britain and the United States. By beginning with production, the book’s very structure challenges the traditional way of telling stories of invention. A key change that the book makes is to focus on production and on industry – in other words, to look at jet engines from the perspective of a nation trying to build jet engines for service use. It shows that the jet ... More

Keywords: invention, innovation, technology, jet engine, gas turbine, turbojet, industry, technical change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226388595
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hermione Giffard, author
Utrecht University