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Micro histoire sociale des pionniers de l'aviation (1890-1914)

Abstract : Between 1890 and 1914, aviation pioneers maintained close ties through correspondence. Through them, they exchange on the four major stages of the beginnings of aviation: theorization, experimentation, sporting practice and industrialization of the airplane. From the Wright brothers to Roland Garros, through the letters of Clement Ader and Otto Lilienthal, the pioneers have for the most part produced intimate writings in which they express their doubts, their ambitions or their deepest fears. By studying the epistolary sociability of aeronautics actors, the study aspires to highlight imaginary constructions, recognition quests, communication strategies, social positioning and patent warfare. It is also necessary to demonstrate the existence of solidarity and tensions within a group in full evolution, since between 1890 and 1914, generations succeed each other, bringing with them different identity quests. In this study, the socio-cultural representations of aviation are examined in the light of letters and memoirs, leaving the reader the means of discovering from a new angle the thrilling beginnings of aviation.
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Andréa Seignier. Micro histoire sociale des pionniers de l'aviation (1890-1914). Histoire. Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017TOU20095⟩. ⟨tel-02399577⟩

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