...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age / Edition 1

...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age / Edition 1

by Walter A. McDougall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801857481

ISBN-13: 9780801857485

Pub. Date: 09/30/1997

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy. Drawing on published literature, archival sources in both the United States and Europe, interviews with many of the key participants, and important declassified material, such as the National Security Council's first policy paper on space, McDougall examines U.S.,

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This highly acclaimed study approaches the space race as a problem in comparative public policy. Drawing on published literature, archival sources in both the United States and Europe, interviews with many of the key participants, and important declassified material, such as the National Security Council's first policy paper on space, McDougall examines U.S., European, and Soviet space programs and their politics. Opening with a short account of Nikolai Kibalchich, a late nineteenth-century Russian rocketry theoretician, McDougall argues that the Soviet Union made its way into space first because it was the world's first "technocracy"—which he defines as "the institutionalization of technological change for state purpose." He also explores the growth of a political economy of technology in both the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857485
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/30/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
584
Sales rank:
693,195
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Abbreviations Used in Text
Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Preface
Introduction3
Pt. IThe Genesis of Sputnik
Ch. 1The Human Seed and Social Soil: Rocketry and Revolution20
Ch. 2Political Rains and First Fruit: The Cold War and Sputnik41
Pt. IIModern Arms and Free Men: America Before Sputnik
Ch. 3Bashful Behemoth: Technology, the State, and the Birth of Deterrence74
Ch. 4While Waiting for Technocracy: The ICBM and the First American Space Program97
Ch. 5The Satellite Decision112
Pt. IIIVanguard and Rearguard: Eisenhower and the Setting of American Space Policy
Ch. 6"A New Era of History" and a Media Riot141
Ch. 7The Birth of NASA157
Ch. 8A Space Strategy for the United States177
Ch. 9Sparrow in the Falcon's Nest195
Ch. 10The Shape of Things to Come210
Pt. IVParabolic Ballad: Khrushchev and the Setting of Soviet Space Policy
Ch. 11Party Line237
Ch. 12The Missile Bluff250
Ch. 13Hammers or Sickles in Space?263
Ch. 14Space Age Communism: The Khrushchevian Synthesis276
Pt. VKennedy, Johnson, and the Technocratic Temptation
Ch. 15Destination Moon307
Ch. 16Hooded Falcons: Space Technology and Assured Destruction325
Ch. 17Benign Hypocrisy: American Space Diplomacy344
Ch. 18Big Operator: James Webb's Space Age America361
Ch. 19Second Thoughts389
Pt. VIThe Heavens and the Earth: The First Twenty-five Years
Ch. 20Voyages to Tsiolkovskia415
Ch. 21The Quest for a G.O.D.436
Ch. 22A Fire in the Sun450
Appendix462
Abbreviations Used in Notes465
Notes466
Index537

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