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Science in the third reich (German : German Historical Perspectives - Margit Szallasi-Janze

Science in the third reich (German

German Historical Perspectives

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9781859734216
Number Of Pages: 298

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How true is it that National Socialism led to an ideologically distorted pseudo-science? What was the relationship between the regime funding 'useful' scientific projects and the scientists offering their expertise? And what happened to the German scientific community after 1945, especially to those who betrayed and denounced Jewish colleagues? In recent years, the history of the sciences in the Third Reich has become a field of growing importance, and the in-depth research of a new generation of German scholars provides us with new, important insights into the Nazi system and the complicated relationship between an elite and the dictatorship. This book portrays the attitudes of scientists facing National Socialism and war and uncovers the continuities and discontinuities of German science from the beginning of the twentieth century to the postwar period. It looks at ideas, especially the Humboldtian concept of the university; examines major disciplines such as eugenics, pathology, biochemistry and aeronautics, as well as technologies such as biotechnology and area planning; and it traces the careers of individual scientists as actors or victims. The striking results of these investigations fill a considerable gap in our knowledge of the Third Reich but also of the postwar role of German scientists within Germany and abroad.

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"A fascinating collection of essays . . . The generation of German historians that has written these essays . . . see this period with in Germany with lucidity - something that has vauable, indeed crucial, lessons to teach." --The Times Higher Education Supplement

Editorial Prefacep. vii
National Socialism and the Sciences: Reflections, Conclusions and Historical Perspectivesp. 1
Referencesp. 27
The Invention of Humboldt and the Impact of National Socialism: the German University Idea in the First Half of the Twentieth Centuryp. 37
Referencesp. 54
Geography and Area Planning Under National Socialismp. 59
Notesp. 74
Referencesp. 75
Aeronautical Research Under National Socialism: Big Science or Small Science?p. 79
Referencesp. 107
Consequences of the Politics of Autarky: the Case of Biotechnologyp. 111
Notesp. 132
Referencesp. 135
Pathology and Politics in the Metropolis, 1900-1945: London, Berlin and the Third Reichp. 139
Notesp. 166
Referencesp. 172
The Relationship Between Eugenics and the So-Called 'Euthanasia Action' in Nazi Germany: a Eugenically Motivated Peace Policy and the Killing of the Mentally Handicapped During the Second World Warp. 185
Notesp. 204
Referencesp. 205
Believers in an Age of Heresy? Oskar Vogt, Nikolai Timoféeff-Ressovsky and Julius Hallervorden at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Researchp. 211
Notesp. 234
Referencesp. 237
The Expulsion of German-Jewish Chemists and Biochemists and Their Correspondence with Colleagues in Germany After 1945: the Impossibility of Normalization?p. 243
Notesp. 271
Referencesp. 277
Notes on Contributorsp. 281
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9781859734216
ISBN-10: 1859734219
Series: German Historical Perspectives
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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