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St Antony's Series

Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe

Editors: Betts, Paul, Smith, Stephen A. (Eds.)

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Religion and science were fundamental aspects of Eastern European communist political culture from the very beginning, and remained in uneasy tension across the region over the decades. While both topics have long attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, they almost invariably have been studied discretely as separate stories. Religion, Science and Communism in Cold War Europe is the first scholarly effort to explore the delicate interface of religion, science and communism in Cold War Europe. It brings together an international team of researchers who address this relationship from a number of national viewpoints and thematic perspectives, ranging from mysticism to social science, space exploration to the socialist lifecycle, and architectural heritage to pop culture.  

About the authors

Paul Betts is Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, UK. He has previously taught at the University of Sussex and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, and is the author of several books and numerous articles on twentieth-century German history. His most recent book, Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic, was published in 2010.  
Stephen A. Smith is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, UK. He has taught at the European University Institute in Florence and University of Essex, UK, and is the author of many books and articles on modern Russian and Chinese history. In 2014 he edited the Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smith, Stephen A.

    Pages 1-31

  • Piety by the Numbers: Social Science and Polish Debates About Secularization in the 1960s and 1970s

    Bjork, Jim

    Pages 35-54

  • The Shepherds’ Calling, the Engineers’ Project, and the Scientists’ Problem: Scientific Knowledge and the Care of Souls in Communist Eastern Europe

    Patterson, Patrick Hyder

    Pages 55-76

  • Romanian Spirituality in Ceauşescu’s ‘Golden Epoch’: Social Scientists Reconsider Atheism, Religion, and Ritual Culture

    Magdó, Zsuzsánna

    Pages 77-101

  • Inculcating Materialist Minds: Scientific Propaganda and Anti-Religion in the USSR During the Cold War

    Andrews, James T.

    Pages 105-125

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54639-5
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Hardcover $90.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe
Editors
  • Paul Betts
  • Stephen A. Smith
Series Title
St Antony's Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54639-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54639-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54638-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 307
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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