Science and Ideology: A Comparative History

1st Edition

Mark Walker

Routledge
Published September 12, 2002
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415279994 - CAT# RU24419
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Summary

Does science work best in a democracy? Were 'Soviet' or 'Nazi' science fundamentally different from science in the USA? These questions have been passionately debated in the recent past. Particular developments in science took place under particular political regimes, but they may or may not have been directly determined by them.
Science and Ideology brings together a number of comparative case studies to examine the relationship between science and the dominant ideology of a state. Cybernetics in the USA is compared to France and the Soviet Union. Postwar Allied science policy in occupied Germany is juxtaposed to that in Japan. The essays are narrowly focussed, yet cover a wide range of countries and ideologies. The collection provides a unique comparative history of scientific policies and practices in the 20th century.

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