Red Prometheus: Engineering and Dictatorship in East Germany, 1945-1990

by Dolores L. Augustine
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ISBN-13: 9780262012362
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/09/2007
Series: Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dolores L. Augustine is Associate Professor of History at St. John's University. She is the author of Patricians and Parvenus: Wealth and High Society in Wilhemine Germany.

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Ray Stokes

"The great strength of Red Prometheus lies in the author's ability to put a human face to the story of East Germany's technological development between 1945
and 1990, something she does by dint of careful archival and oral history research.
The result is a social history of technology in which the technologists themselves come to the fore as agents affecting continuity and change, success and failure, in the development of technological systems. Augustine's book thus complements and extends existing scholarship, not only on East German technology, but also on science and technology in the Soviet bloc more generally."--Ray Stokes, author of Constructing Socialism: Technology and change in East Germany, 1945-1990

Volker Berghahn

Red Prometheus succeeds brilliantly in drawing a fascinating picture of the relationship between Communist regimes and high-tech scientists during the Cold War. It shows convincingly how, despite impressive innovative potentials, their quest to overtake the West was destroyed by enormous bureaucratic inefficiencies. This highly original study also provides much food for thought for other Prometheans who believe that their research can be separated from politics and ideology.

Ray Stokes

The great strength of Red Prometheus lies in the author's ability to put a human face to the story of East Germany's technological development between 1945 and 1990, something she does by dint of careful archival and oral history research. The result is a social history of technology in which the technologists themselves come to the fore as agents affecting continuity and change, success and failure, in the development of technological systems. Augustine's book thus complements and extends existing scholarship, not only on East German technology, but also on science and technology in the Soviet bloc more generally.

Endorsement

Red Prometheus succeeds brilliantly in drawing a fascinating picture of the relationship between Communist regimes and high-tech scientists during the Cold War. It shows convincingly how, despite impressive innovative potentials, their quest to overtake the West was destroyed by enormous bureaucratic inefficiencies. This highly original study also provides much food for thought for other Prometheans who believe that their research can be separated from politics and ideology.

Volker Berghahn, Columbia University

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This superb study of the 'new technical intelligentsia' in East Germany analyzes the ambivalent interaction between engineering professionals and the SED dictatorship, exploring the promise of socialist modernity, the tightening of Stasi control and the failure of innovation in high technology.

Konrad H. Jarausch , Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina and Senior Fellow, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam

The great strength of Red Prometheus lies in the author's ability to put a human face to the story of East Germany's technological development between 1945 and 1990, something she does by dint of careful archival and oral history research. The result is a social history of technology in which the technologists themselves come to the fore as agents affecting continuity and change, success and failure, in the development of technological systems. Augustine's book thus complements and extends existing scholarship, not only on East German technology, but also on science and technology in the Soviet bloc more generally.

Ray Stokes , author of Constructing Socialism: Technology and change in East Germany, 1945-1990

Red Prometheus succeeds brilliantly in drawing a fascinating picture of the relationship between Communist regimes and high-tech scientists during the Cold War. It shows convincingly how, despite impressive innovative potentials, their quest to overtake the West was destroyed by enormous bureaucratic inefficiencies. This highly original study also provides much food for thought for other Prometheans who believe that their research can be separated from politics and ideology.

Volker Berghahn , Columbia University

Konrad H. Jarausch

This superb study of the 'new technical intelligentsia' in East Germany analyzes the ambivalent interaction between engineering professionals and the SED dictatorship, exploring the promise of socialist modernity, the tightening of Stasi control and the failure of innovation in high technology.

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