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By Ethan Pollock

Between 1945 and 1953, whereas the Soviet Union faced postwar reconstruction and chilly conflict crises, its unchallenged chief Joseph Stalin carved out time to review clinical disputes and dictate educational options. He spearheaded a dialogue of "scientific" Marxist-Leninist philosophy, edited stories on genetics and body structure, adjudicated controversies approximately sleek physics, and wrote essays on linguistics and political economic climate. Historians were tempted to brush aside all this because the megalomaniacal ravings of a demise dictator. yet in Stalin and the Soviet technology Wars, Ethan Pollock attracts on millions of formerly unexplored archival records to illustrate that Stalin was once in truth made up our minds to teach how medical fact and get together doctrine bolstered each other. Socialism was once speculated to be clinical, and technology ideologically right, and Stalin ostensibly embodied the correct symbiosis among energy and knowledge.

targeting six significant postwar debates within the Soviet clinical neighborhood, this elegantly written ebook exhibits that Stalin's forays into scholarship may be understood basically in the context of overseas tensions, institutional conflicts, and the growing to be uncertainty concerning the right dating among medical wisdom and Party-dictated truths. the character of Stalin's interventions makes transparent that extra was once at stake than excessive politics: those technological know-how wars have been approximately saying that the celebration used to be rational and glossy, and approximately codifying the Soviet worldview in a conflict for the hearts and minds of individuals worldwide throughout the early chilly warfare. finally, despite the fact that, the hassle to increase a systematic foundation for Soviet ideology undermined the system's legitimacy.

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