World-class technological know-how and know-how built within the Soviet Union in the course of Stalin’s dictatorial rule less than stipulations of political violence, loss of foreign contacts, and critical regulations at the freedom of data. Stalin’s nice technological know-how: the days and Adventures of Soviet Physicists is a useful e-book that investigates this paradoxical luck by way of following the lives and paintings of Soviet scientists — together with Nobel Prize–winning physicists Kapitza, Landau, and others — in the course of the turmoil of wars, revolutions, and repression that characterised the 1st half Russia’s 20th century.
The booklet examines how scientists operated in the Soviet political order, communicated with Stalinist politicians, outfitted a brand new process of analysis associations, and performed groundbreaking learn below outstanding situations. a few of their novel clinical rules and theories mirrored the impact of Soviet ideology and worldview and feature due to the fact develop into accredited universally as basic ideas of latest technological know-how. within the means of making feel of the achievements of Soviet technology, the booklet dismantles average assumptions in regards to the interplay among technology, politics, and beliefs, in addition to many dominant stereotypes — in most cases inherited from the chilly battle — approximately Soviet background ordinarily. technology and expertise weren't simply granted exceptional value in Soviet society, yet in addition they exerted a very important formative impact at the Soviet political procedure itself. in contrast to so much prior stories, Stalin’s nice technological know-how acknowledges the prestige of technology as an! crucial component of the Soviet polity and explores the character of a unique courting among specialists (scientists and engineers) and communist politicians that enabled the preliminary upward push of the Soviet nation and its mature accomplishments, till the pact eroded in later years, undermining the communist regime from within.
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