Lysenko was a fanatical agronomist who dominated Soviet genetics and plant science for over 30 years. This book examines the factors which made Lysenko's reign possible and the reasons for its conclusion in 1965.
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
5. Stalinist Self-Defeat, 1936-1950
The Final "Discussion"
6. Self-Conquest, 1950-1965
7. Academic Issues: Science
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
"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