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Militarizing Outer Space

Astroculture, Dystopia and the Cold War

Editors: Geppert, Alexander C.T., Brandau, Daniel, Siebeneichner, Tilmann (Eds.)

  • Third volume in the European Astroculture trilogy
  • Studies the tension between ‘science’ and ‘fiction’, politics and fantasies, in the imagination of outer space from the late 1940s to present day
  • Analyses the ways in which ambiguity influenced the the design of national space programs and spaceflight in Western Europe and the US
  • Addresses ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ processes of space militarization in their mutual interdependence and complicates established Cold War narratives
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Militarizing Outer Space explores the dystopian and destructive dimensions of the Space Age and challenges conventional narratives of a bipolar Cold War rivalry. Concentrating on weapons, warfare and vio​lence, this provocative volume examines real and imagined endeavors of arming the skies and conquering the heavens. The third and final volume in the groundbreaking ​European Astroculture trilogy, ​Militarizing Outer Space zooms in on the interplay between security, technopolitics and knowledge from the 1920s through the 1980s. Often hailed as the site of heavenly utopias and otherworldly salvation, outer space transformed from a promised sanctuary to a present threat, where the battles of the future were to be waged. Astroculture proved instrumental in fathoming forms and functions of warfare’s futures past, both on earth and in space. The allure of dominating outer space, the book shows, was neither limited to the early twenty-first century nor to current American space force rhetorics.


About the authors

Alexander C. T. Geppert is Associate Professor of History and European Studies at New York University, USA. He holds a joint appointment at NYU Shanghai and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in New York City.

Daniel Brandau is a postdoctoral research associate at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Tilmann Siebeneichner is a postdoctoral research associate at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

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“This lavishly illustrated volume makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Space Age. It expands historiography beyond the superpowers and radically reconceptualizes outer space. Militarizing Outer Space obliges us to think of ‘outer space’ as a zone beyond the confines of the earth, produced by cultural, political and technological interventions that embed it in earthly projects and respond to a multitude of hopes and anxieties. Space is not a remote, inaccessible realm, but a nearby ‘non-space’ that can be populated by technological infrastructures advocated by the military and appropriated by the market, colonized by earthlings fleeing Armageddon or the disasters of climate change, and filled with utopian aspirations or dystopian fears, but always appropriated by multiple stakeholders who imagine new worlds and ways of being in response to critical contingencies in everyday life. Readers will discover new and unexpected features of their life worlds presented in outstanding essays framed by a superb introduction and conclusion.” (John Krige, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

“In this very fine last part of a trilogy that meritoriously orbits around the concept of ‘astroculture’, one is reminded of the centrality of military technologies to modernization. The fourteen fascinating chapters offer a rich and welcome contribution to the history of outer space and globality. Popular imaginaries are tied to promises of supremacy, while the fuzzy boundaries between civilian and military use are interrogated. In a global age we would be wise to re-visit these manifold projections and dreams of space technology and its cultural repercussions, as they have much to teach us about the present. A very important book.” (Nina Wormbs, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

“Militarizing Outer Space is a compellingly original collection of essays that breaks out of the conventional mold of interpreting space races and arms races narrowly as products of the Cold War. Long before we could reach it, humans imagined space as a realm of war populated with laser-wielding heroes, orbital fortresses and extraterrestrials ripe for conquest. From the moral thought of C. S. Lewis to Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, the authors offer a deeply researched analysis of the connections between security, fantasy and technopolitics. Although no war has ever occurred outside the earth’s atmosphere, this volume convincingly shows how military anxieties more than a desire to reach the stars drove the development of spaceflight. For anyone interested in the rise of militant astroculture and actual warfare, Militarizing Outer Space is a must-read.” (Joe Maiolo, King’s College London, Great Britain)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Militarizing Outer Space
Book Subtitle
Astroculture, Dystopia and the Cold War
Editors
  • Alexander C.T. Geppert
  • Daniel Brandau
  • Tilmann Siebeneichner
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95851-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95851-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95850-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 390
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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