Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945

Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945

by Pamela S Richards
     
 

This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She

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This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She focuses on the OSS unit supplying copy for the US government's wartime program to reprint current German scientific journals. She describes as well the methods used by the OSS to spirit individual journal issues from inside the Reich to microfilm squads on Germany's periphery, and gives special attention to the Allied quest for information about the mythical German atomic bomb. Richards also describes the supply system set up by the Nazi government, and how its increasing desperation for Allied scientific news led in the last year of the war to a submarine landing of Abwehr agents on the U.S. coast to microfilm periodicals at the New York Public Library. The final chapter of her book looks at how the wartime experience with scientific information influenced postwar patterns of scientific documentation and librarianship in each country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313290626
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1994
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series, #15
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1780L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1The Internationalization of Science and Scientific Information in the Twentieth Century1
2National Government Support for Scientific Information in Great Britain and the United States before World War II23
3National Government Support for Scientific Information in Germany before World War II43
4The Allied Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information73
5Germany's Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information101
6Postwar Consequences125
Appendix A: List of Journals Available in Reprint from the Office of Alien Property Custodian139
Appendix B: Title Page, Prefatory Material and First Contents Page of the First Issue of the Referatenblatt, Issued Collaboratively by the Information Centers of the Welt-Wirtschafts Institut in Hamburg and the Technische Hochschule in Berlin, 1942151
References161
Index169

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