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The Perversion Of Knowledge : The True Story Of Soviet Science - Vadim J. Birstein

The Perversion Of Knowledge

The True Story Of Soviet Science

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780813342801
Number Of Pages: 512

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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.

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"A well-documented and highly disquieting tour through the abominations of Soviet science."

List of Illustrationsp. xi
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Science Under Siegep. 15
The Academy of Sciences: Beginningsp. 18
The Tactical Center Casep. 24
An Appeal Without an Answerp. 28
Class Selectionp. 33
The Last Strawp. 39
Cleansingp. 41
The Party Knows Betterp. 45
The Doctors' Plot Case, the Allilueva Case, and the JAC Casep. 51
Memoriesp. 69
Psychological Underpinningsp. 77
Deadly Sciencep. 81
The First Secret Laboratoriesp. 84
The Laboratory of Death: A Short Historyp. 97
The Lab After Mairanovskyp. 103
Experimentsp. 113
Warfare and Sabotagep. 120
The Victimsp. 127
Executionsp. 131
Collaboratorsp. 143
Mairanovsky's Careerp. 143
Mairanovsky's Colleaguesp. 166
Scientists Who Knew and Approvedp. 168
The Gulag's "Academicians," Gidroproekt and Dalstroip. 177
The "Academicians" Bridging Security and Politicsp. 184
"Honorary Retirement" for Executionersp. 188
Informersp. 192
Some Bitter Thoughtsp. 196
Resistancep. 201
Nikolai Koltsov's Study in 1920p. 202
Protestors of the 1930s-1940s: Vavilov and Pryanishnikovp. 209
Within the Atomic Projectp. 241
Some Oppositionp. 247
The August 1948 Session: General Factsp. 249
Those Who Lost and Those Who Gainedp. 255
A Typical Lysenkoistp. 262
The Cruzin Casep. 266
Two Who Did Not Bowp. 270
More Opposition in Moscowp. 276
Dissent from the Late 1950s to the 1970sp. 280
General Remarksp. 287
Epiloguep. 297
Notesp. 307
Biographical Sketchesp. 391
Translated Documentsp. 433
Selected Readingsp. 457
Indexp. 465
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ISBN: 9780813342801
ISBN-10: 0813342805
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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