World-class science and technology developed in the Soviet Unionduring Stalin's dictatorial rule under conditions of politicalviolence, lack of international contacts, and severe restrictions onthe freedom of information. Stalin's Great Science: The Times andAdventures of Soviet Physicists is an invaluable book thatinvestigates this paradoxical success by following the lives and workof Soviet scientists - including Nobel Prize-winning...
Kojevnikov reviews The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 by Asif A. Siddiqi.
Joravsky reviews Stalin's Great Science: The Times and Adventures of Soviet Physicists by Alexei B. Kojevnikov.
Kojevnikov reviews Pavlov's Physiology Factory: Experiment, Interpretation, Laboratory Enterprise by Daniel P. Todes.
"Einstein and Soviet Ideology" by Alexander Vucinich is reviewed.
"New Atlantis Revisited: Akademogorodok, the Siberian City of Science" by Paul R. Josephson is reviewed.
"Essays of a Soviet Scientist: A Revealing Portrait of a Life in Science and Politics" by Vitalii I. Gol'danskii is reviewed.
Kojevnikov reviews "Stalin's Captive: Nikolaus Riehl and the Soviet Race for the bomb" by Nikolaus Riehl and Frederick Seitz.
This section of HIST 333A is restricted to Honours students who want to attend term 1 only. Students who want to attend the full version of HIST 333 should register in HIST 333C, 001.
This section of HIST 333B is restricted to Honours students who want to attend term 2 only. Students who want to attend the full version of HIST 333 should register in HIST 333C, 001.
Historiography, or what does it take to be a historian - If history is about the past which is dead, why does it keep changing, and so unpredictably, for every generation? This course, designed for all third-year honours students in history, will introduce them to the evolving nature of historical scholarship and to various genres, uses, and abuses of histories. We will explore for this purpose a series of classic studies, some old and some recent ones that provide models and illustrate different, and not necessarily compatible, approaches to writing and thinking about history. We will also read and discuss some basic theoretical works that debated methodological questions: What is history and what is a historical myth? Can history become a science? What is historical criticism and howand~
one can question sources and witnesses? Which methods can and cannot be used by historians? What key concepts and topics belong to their toolkit? Is consensus or objectivity attainable among historians? Is the public understanding of history different from professional views, and why? What are the major challenges - moral, political, and methodological - faced by practicing historians today? Students will be asked to write short weekly think pieces as responses to the assigned readings and two longer papers at the end of each semester.
Origins of Modern Science (The Scientific Revolution)
Cultural Histories of Science
History and Social Relations of Modern Science (19th-20th centuries)
The Nuclear Century: Atoms, Bombs, and World Perils
Newton, Einstein, Bohr: History and Philosophical Lessons of Modern Physics
Medieval and Imperial Russian History
The Soviet Union
Somaditya Banerjee, "Bhadralok Physics and the Establishment of Modern Science in India, 1900-1940"
Ken Corbett, "Chronic Anxieties: Railroad Time, Punctuality, and Modernity"
Isabel Izquierdo (UNAM, Mexico), "Immigration, Identity, and Knowledge Production: Ex-Soviet Scientists in Mexico in the 1990s"
Eric Michael Johnson, "The Struggle for Coexistence: Mutual Aid and the Political Ecology of Science in Transnational Perspective, 1859-1919"
Jean-Philippe Martinez (Universite Paris Diderot, France), "The Reception of Quantum Theory in the USSR"
Lee Nelson (Science and Technology Studies, UBC)