Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb

Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb

by Albert Einstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691120943

ISBN-13: 9780691120942

Pub. Date: 04/16/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world wars and the Holocaust, to the atomic bomb and the Cold War, to the effort to establish a Jewish homeland, Einstein was a remarkably prolific political writer

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The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world wars and the Holocaust, to the atomic bomb and the Cold War, to the effort to establish a Jewish homeland, Einstein was a remarkably prolific political writer, someone who took courageous and often unpopular stands against nationalism, militarism, anti-Semitism, racism, and McCarthyism. In Einstein on Politics, leading Einstein scholars David Rowe and Robert Schulmann gather Einstein's most important public and private political writings and put them into historical context. The book reveals a little-known Einstein--not the ineffectual and naïve idealist of popular imagination, but a principled, shrewd pragmatist whose stands on political issues reflected the depth of his humanity.

Nothing encapsulates Einstein's profound involvement in twentieth-century politics like the atomic bomb. Here we read the former militant pacifist's 1939 letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that Germany might try to develop an atomic bomb. But the book also documents how Einstein tried to explain this action to Japanese pacifists after the United States used atomic weapons to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events that spurred Einstein to call for international control of nuclear technology.

A vivid firsthand view of how one of the twentieth century's greatest minds responded to the greatest political challenges of his day, Einstein on Politics will forever change our picture of Einstein's public activism and private motivations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120942
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/16/2007
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Texts     vii
Preface     xix
Note on Sources and Method     xxxi
Acknowledgments     xxxiii
Historical Introduction     1
The First World War and Its Impact, 1914-1921     61
Science Meets Politics: The Relativity Revolution, 1918-1923     93
Anti-Semitism and Zionism, 1919-1930     136
Internationalism and European Security, 1922-1932     189
Articles of Faith, 1930-1933     223
Hitler's Germany and the Threat to European Jewry, 1933-1938     266
The Fate of the Jews, 1939-1949     315
The Second World War, Nuclear Weapons, and World Peace, 1939-1950     356
Soviet Russia, Political Economy, and Socialism, 1918-1952     406
Political Freedom and the Threat of Nuclear War, 1931-1955     459
Bibliography     509
Index     515
Plate Credits     524

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