Blue Sky Metropolis (Western Histories) (Hardcover)

By Peter J. Westwick (Editor)

University of California Press, 9780520289062, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2012

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Why did Southern California become the aerospace capital of the world? What were the consequences of this development for the region, for the nation, and for aerospace itself? Featuring essays by a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars and writers, this volume investigates the intersection of aerospace and Southern California through the lenses of anthropology, history of science and technology, labor, business, ethnicity and gender, architecture, and the environment.

About the Author

Peter J. Westwick is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Aerospace History Project, an initiative of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Praise For Blue Sky Metropolis (Western Histories)

"Every essay in this book hits the mark ... [they] set a high standard for anyone who wishes to pursue the subject."

— Banding Iron

"...the collection’s essays contribute much to the history of southern California, the aerospace industry, innovations in science and technology, and the American West."

— Southern California Quarterly