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The rest made only British news of trial, error, and failure. Of the remaining four in Britain, Barnes Wallis’s unique R80 (1920–1) was lost to postwar economies, R38 was a sensational disaster in 1921, while R100 and R101 were the ultimate hope for British airship achievement by 1929–30. Seven zeppelins came out of Germany, all of them postwar designs, except for naval L72 (Works No. LZ114), delivered to France as reparations in 1921 and renamed Dixmude. Two were lost: Dixmude in 1923 and Hindenburg in 1937.

Mannheim manufacturer Karl Lanz, who would later join with engineer Johann Schütte to become Count Zeppelin’s energetic competitor in rigid airship design and production, contributed 50 000 marks. The final tally of all this financial generosity came to over six million marks, worth twenty times that in today’s purchasing power. What a contrast to 1903, when the Count’s 6000 requests for funding produced barely 8000 marks! It was an event hitherto unequalled in German experience. 19 Like German Precedents 33 the phoenix of classical mythology, a new technological wonder would arise from the ashes.

Most readily recognized is the formal conduct of ‘open’ politics. This category comprises the activities of executives and legislatures, of election campaigns and all related phenomena, all of which are readily open to the media of the time. Behind, or within, these formal activities are various kinds of ‘closed’ politics. Analyst C. P. 36 These variations serve as a bridge to the second major category of informal politics of groups or individuals seeking protection or advantage in various kinds of small-scale but sometimes significant ‘politicking’.

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