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Author Wolfe, Audra J., author.

Title Freedom's laboratory : the Cold War struggle for the soul of science / Audra J. Wolfe.

Publication Info. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.


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 Granby, Main Library - Adult  338.973 WOL    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.973 WOL    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  909.825 WOLFE    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  909.825 WOLFE    Check Shelf
Description x, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-291) and index.
Contents Western science vs. Marxist science -- Ambassadors for science -- The science of persuasion -- Science and freedom -- Science for peace -- Science for diplomacy -- Developing scientific minds -- An unscientific reckoning -- Scientists' rights are human rights -- Epilogue.
Summary Scientists like to proclaim that science knows no borders. Scientific researchers follow the evidence where it leads, their conclusions free of prejudice or ideology. But is that really the case? In Freedom's Laboratory, Audra J. Wolfe shows how these ideas were tested to their limits in the high-stakes propaganda battles of the Cold War. Wolfe examines the role that scientists, in concert with administrators and policymakers, played in American cultural diplomacy after World War II. During this period, the engines of US propaganda promoted a vision of science that highlighted empiricism, objectivity, a commitment to pure research, and internationalism. Working (both overtly and covertly, wittingly and unwittingly) with governmental and private organizations, scientists attempted to decide what, exactly, they meant when they referred to "scientific freedom" or the "US ideology." More frequently, however, they defined American science merely as the opposite of Communist science. Uncovering many startling episodes of the close relationship between the US government and private scientific groups, Freedom's Laboratory is the first work to explore science's link to US propaganda and psychological warfare campaigns during the Cold War. Closing in the present day with a discussion of the recent March for Science and the prospects for science and science diplomacy in the Trump era, the book demonstrates the continued hold of Cold War thinking on ideas about science and politics in the United States.
Subject Cold War (1945-1989) (OCoLC)fst01754978
Science and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Science and state -- Europe, Western -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Relations -- Europe, Western.
Europe, Western -- Relations -- United States.
Cold War -- Social aspects.
International relations. (OCoLC)fst00977053
Science and state. (OCoLC)fst01108536
Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01354981
Europe, Western. (OCoLC)fst01272478
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Cold War struggle for the soul of science
ISBN 9781421426730 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1421426730 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
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