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American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe
Author: John Krige

ISBN: 9780262612258
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 15 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
Description:
In 1945, the United States was not only the strongest economic and military power in the world; it was also the world's leader in science and technology. In "American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe," John Krige describes the efforts of influential figures in the United States to model postwar scientific practices and institutions in Western Europe on those in America. They mobilized political and financial support to promote not just America's scientific and technological agendas in Western Europe but its Cold War political and ideological agendas as well. Drawing on the work of diplomatic and cultural historians, Krige argues that this attempt at scientific dominance by the United States can be seen as a form of "consensual hegemony," involving the collaboration of influential local elites who shared American values. He uses this notion to analyze a series of case studies that describe how the U.S. administration, senior officers in the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the NATO Science Committee, and influential members of the scientific establishment--notably Isidor I. Rabi...

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