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The Lysenko Affair

By: David Joravsky(Author)
459 pages
The Lysenko Affair
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  • The Lysenko Affair ISBN: 9780226410319 Paperback Aug 1986 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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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
      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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By: David Joravsky(Author)
459 pages
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"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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