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Revolutionary Experiments

Author : Nikolai Krementsov
ISBN : 9780199992980
Genre : History
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Provides a cross-disciplinary understanding of early Soviet history that illustrates a central role that science came to play in the culture and society of post-revolutionary Russia - Opens up new directions for research and analysis in more than one field, including the history of science, cultural studies, the history of medicine, the history of Russia, and literary studies - Based to a large extent on previously unknown archival materials - Brings together the history of biomedical research and science fiction, analyzing why and how scientific knowledge is transformed into a powerful cultural resource, as well as different uses of this resource by a variety of interest groups

A Martian Stranded On Earth

Author : Nikolai Krementsov
ISBN : 9780226454122
Genre : History
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Much like Vladimir Lenin, his onetime rival for the leadership of the Bolshevik party during its formative years, Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928) was a visionary. In two science fiction novels set on Mars, Bogdanov imagined a future in which the workers of the world, liberated from capitalist exploitation, create a “physiological collective” that rejuvenates and unites its members through regular blood exchanges. But Bogdanov was not merely a dreamer. He worked tirelessly to popularize and realize his vision, founding the first research institute devoted to the science of blood transfusion. In A Martian Stranded on Earth, the first broad-based book on Bogdanov in English, Nikolai Krementsov examines Bogdanov’s roles as revolutionary, novelist, and scientist, presenting his protagonist as a coherent thinker who pursued his ideas in a wide range of venues. Through the lens of Bogdanov’s involvement with blood studies on one hand, and of his fictional and philosophical writings on the other, Krementsov offers a nuanced analysis of the interactions between scientific ideas and societal values.

Bolshevik Culture

Author : Abbott Gleason
ISBN : 0253205131
Genre : History
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In the tumultuous years after the revolution of 1917, the traditional cutlure of Imperial Russia was both destroyed and preserved, as a new Soviet culture began to take shape. This book focuses on the interaction between the emerging political and cultural policies of the Soviet regime and the deeply held traditional values of the worker and peasant masses.

Weimar Culture And Quantum Mechanics

Author : Paul Forman
ISBN : 9789814293129
Genre : Science
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This volume reprints Paul Forman's classic papers on the history of physics in post-World War I Germany and the invention of quantum mechanics. The Forman thesis has become famous as the first argument in favor of the cultural conditioning of scientific knowledge, in particular for its demonstration of the historical connection between the culture of Weimar Germany — known for its irrationality and antiscientism — and the emerging concept of quantum acausality. At the 2007 international conference in Vancouver, Canada, leading historians of physics discussed the implications of the Forman thesis in the historiography of modern science. Their papers collected in this volume represent a cutting-edge research on the history of quantum revolution.

Red Star

Author : Alexander Bogdanov
ISBN : 9780253013507
Genre : History
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"[A] surprisingly moving story." —The New Yorker "Bogdanov's novels reveal a great deal about their fascinating author, about his time and, ironically, ours, and about the genre of utopia as well as his contribution to it." —Slavic Review "Bogdanov's imaginative predictions for his utopia are both technological and social... Even more farsighted are [his] anxious forebodings about the limits and costs of the utopian future." —Science Fiction Studies "The contemporary reader will marvel at [Bogdanov's] foresight: nuclear fusion and propulsion, atomic weaponry and fallout, computers, blood transfusions, and (almost) unisexuality." —Choice A communist society on Mars, the Russian revolution, and class struggle on two planets is the subject of this arresting science fiction novel by Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928), one of the early organizers and prophets of the Russian Bolshevik party. The red star is Mars, but it is also the dream set to paper of the society that could emerge on earth after the dual victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions. While portraying a harmonious and rational socialist society, Bogdanov sketches out the problems that will face industrialized nations, whether socialist or capitalist.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Author : James Agee
ISBN : 0618127496
Genre : History
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An illustrated portrayal of three Alabama sharecropper families in 1936 examines their everyday existence in poverty.

Art And Social Change

Author : Will Bradley
ISBN : UCSD:31822034557082
Genre : Art
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"This reader gathers together an international selection of artists' proposals, manifestos, theoretical texts and public declarations that focus on the question of political engagement and the possibility of social change"--back cover.

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