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Author Pollock, Ethan, 1969-

Title Stalin and the Soviet science wars / Ethan Pollock
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (269 pages)
Contents Introduction: Stalin, science, and politics after the Second World War -- "A Marxist should not write like that": the crisis on the "philosophical front" -- "The future belongs to Michurin": the agricultural academy session of 1948 -- "We can always shoot them later": physics, politics, and the atomic bomb -- "Battles of opinions and open criticism": Stalin intervenes in linguistics -- "Attack the detractors with certainty of total success": the Pavlov session of 1950 -- "Everyone is waiting": Stalin and the economic problems of communism -- Conclusion: science and the fate of the Stalinist system
Summary Focusing on six major postwar debates in the Soviet scientific community, this elegantly written book shows that Stalin's forays into scholarship can be understood only within the context of international tensions, institutional conflicts, and the growing uncertainty about the proper relationship between scientific knowledge and Party-dictated truths. The nature of Stalin's interventions makes clear that more was at stake than high politics: these science wars were about asserting that the Party was rational and modern, and about codifying the Soviet worldview in a battle for the hearts and minds of people around the globe during the early Cold War. Ultimately, however, the effort to develop a scientific basis for Soviet ideology undermined the system's legitimacy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Communism and science -- Soviet Union.
Science and state -- Soviet Union.
USSR -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953.
Form Electronic book
ISBN (cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)