Surviving the Swastika: Scientific Research in Nazi Germany

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byKristie Macrakis

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Surviving the Swastika examines scientific research under National Socialism through the prism of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of the Sciences, a semi-private umbrella organization which founded and maintained institutes for basic scientific research. Home to over twentyNobel-prize winning scientists, the prestigious forerunner of the Max Planck Society was at the forefront of scientific advance in the first half of the twentieth century. Surprisingly, the Society not only survived National Socialism, but often thrived. Kristie Macrakis provides a full-scaleanalysis of the Society's development within the context of the phases of a polycratic National Socialist state. A spectrum of responses to National Socialism existed there from moral probity to accommodation and opportunism. Macrakis uncovers this differentiated scientific and social landscape bycovering topics ranging from Max Planck's failed negotiations with recalcitrant government officials regarding the expulsion of Jews and Communists to his success in securing a thriving community for basic biological research in Berlin-Dahlem, from the practice of nuclear power research toinstitutional growth.

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Surviving the Swastika examines scientific research under National Socialism through the prism of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of the Sciences, a semi-private umbrella organization which founded and maintained institutes for basic scientific research. Home to over twentyNobel-prize winning scientists, the prestigious ...

Kristie Macrakis received her Ph.D. in the History of Science at Harvard University. After joining the faculty of Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor of the History of Science she spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She is the author of numerous articles on science in modern Germany.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070100

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"...a very informative and stimulating book."--Herbst-Germanic Notes and Reviews