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The Lysenko Affair

By: David Joravsky(Author)

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Aug 1986 | #5369 | ISBN: 0226410315
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Hardback | Jan 1970 | #235442 | ISBN: 0674539850
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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.

"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



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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