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The Perversion of Knowledge: The True Story of Soviet Science

The Perversion of Knowledge: The True Story of Soviet Science

by Dr. Vadim J. Birstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813342805

ISBN-13: 9780813342801

Pub. Date: 11/08/2004

Publisher: Basic Books

During the Soviet years, Russian science was touted as one of the greatest successes of the regime. Russian science was considered to be equal, if not superior, to that of the wealthy western nations. The Perversion of Knowledge, a history of Soviet science that focuses on its control by the KGB and the Communist Party, reveals the dark side of this

Overview

During the Soviet years, Russian science was touted as one of the greatest successes of the regime. Russian science was considered to be equal, if not superior, to that of the wealthy western nations. The Perversion of Knowledge, a history of Soviet science that focuses on its control by the KGB and the Communist Party, reveals the dark side of this glittering achievement. Based on the author’s firsthand experience as a Soviet scientist, and drawing on extensive Russian language sources not easily available to the Western reader, the book includes shocking new information on biomedical experimentation on humans as well as an examination of the pernicious effects of Trofim Lysenko’s pseudo-biology. Also included are many poignant case histories of those who collaborated and those who managed to resist, focusing on the moral choices and consequences. The text is accompanied by the author’s own translations of key archival materials, making this work an essential resource for all those with a serious interest in Russian history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813342801
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/08/2004
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsxiii
Forewordxvii
Acknowledgmentsxix
Introduction1
1Science Under Siege15
The Academy of Sciences: Beginnings18
The Tactical Center Case24
An Appeal Without an Answer28
Class Selection33
The Last Straw39
Cleansing41
The Party Knows Better45
The Doctors' Plot Case, the Allilueva Case, and the JAC Case51
Memories69
Psychological Underpinnings77
2Deadly Science81
The First Secret Laboratories84
The Laboratory of Death: A Short History97
The Lab After Mairanovsky103
Experiments113
Warfare and Sabotage120
The Victims127
Executions131
3Collaborators143
Mairanovsky's Career143
Mairanovsky's Colleagues166
Scientists Who Knew and Approved168
The Gulag's "Academicians," Gidroproekt and Dalstroi177
The "Academicians" Bridging Security and Politics184
"Honorary Retirement" for Executioners188
Informers192
Some Bitter Thoughts196
4Resistance201
Nikolai Koltsov's Study in 1920202
Protestors of the 1930s-1940s: Vavilov and Pryanishnikov209
Within the Atomic Project241
Some Opposition247
The August 1948 Session: General Facts249
Those Who Lost and Those Who Gained255
A Typical Lysenkoist262
The Cruzin Case266
Two Who Did Not Bow270
More Opposition in Moscow276
Dissent from the Late 1950s to the 1970s280
General Remarks287
Epilogue297
Notes307
Appendix IBiographical Sketches391
Appendix IITranslated Documents433
Selected Readings457
Index465

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