The Lysenko Affair by David JoravskyThe Lysenko Affair by David Joravsky

The Lysenko Affair

byDavid Joravsky

Paperback | August 15, 1986

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The Lysenko affair was perhaps the most bizarre chapter in the history of modern science. For thirty years, until 1965, Soviet genetics was dominated by a fanatical agronomist who achieved dictatorial power over genetics and plant science as well as agronomy.

"A standard source both for Soviet specialists and for sociologists of science."—American Journal of Sociology

"Joravsky has produced . . . the most detailed and authoritative treatment of Lysenko and his view on genetics."—New York Times Book Review

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David Joravsky is professor of history at Northwestern University.
Soviet Marxism and Natural Science: 1917-1932
Soviet Marxism and Natural Science: 1917-1932

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Title:The Lysenko AffairFormat:PaperbackDimensions:474 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:August 15, 1986Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226410315

ISBN - 13:9780226410319

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Table of Contents

1. Soviet Ideology as a Problem
2. A Crisis of Faith in Science
3. Harmless Cranks
Lysenko and Other Peasant Scientists
4. Raising Stalin's Hand
The First Clashes
Systematic Conflict
5. Stalinist Self-Defeat, 1936-1950
The Final "Discussion"
6. Self-Conquest, 1950-1965
Under Stalin
Under Khrushchev
Against Khrushchev
7. Academic Issues: Science
Plant Physiology
The Autonomy of Scientists
8. Academic Issues: Marxism
The Human Animal
9. The Criterion of Practice
10. Ideologies and Realities
Appendix A. Repressed Specialists
Appendix B. For the Kremlinologists

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In this well researched study, David Joravsky examines the factors in Soviet agriculture, natural science, ideology, and political power that made Lysenko's reign possible and that finally brought it to an end.