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American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology) Paperback – August 29, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0262612258 ISBN-10: 0262612259

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"John Krige's impressively researched case studies document a US cold-war agenda for shaping European science that was deeply political -- yet, for all of America's preponderance of material resources, subject to continuous negotiation. As a book that also reveals how the enrollment of science became a project for state-building, this work is important for students of American power, hard and soft."--Charles S. Maier, Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University

"Krige is a forceful writer, and the implications of his research are sure to be provocative and long lasting." Michael D. Gordin Physics Today

"In this path-breaking analysis of international science policy after World War II, John Krige argues that the United States attempted, and to some extent succeeded, in remolding the organization of western European science to align with its own political and ideological interests…Anyone interested in the history of science during the Cold War ought to become familiar with this book. Indeed, anyone interested in the broader topics of post-1945 Europe or the mutual interaction of science and empire-building in any era will find it a valuable read." Richard Beyler H-Net

"John Krige's book combines insights from the history of U.S. foreign relations and science studies in order to examine how American patronage shaped the scientific enterprise in Europe after World War II. Cold War politics and American dollars, Krige argues, combined with the aspirations of scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic to produce a scientific order consonant with American ideals and foreign policy objectives." Jessica Wang American Historical Review

"John Krige's new book is a great book, a book that has two major assets. It is first a collection of half a dozen superb case studies of American interventions in the scientific rebuilding of post--World War II (mainly Continental) Europe. It is also the first general account of the place given to science and technology in American foreign policy between 1944 and the mid-1960s, the first attempt at showing its coherence, its deliberate integration into the set of tools needed to militarily and ideologically win the cold war. In both domains, the book is a real success." Dominique Pestre The Journal of Modern History

"John Krige's scholarly new work…merits a place on the shelf of anyone with a serious interest in trans-Atlantic relations during the postwar decades…Krige's book leaves much to do. His subtle treatment nevertheless provides an exemplar for others who wish to explore trans-Atlantic relations, whether in science or in other fields of common interest, and is, in this important way, a path-breaking work." John Servos Business History Review

"Until now, there have been few studies of the role of science in the ideological struggle for post-war European hearts and minds. John Krige's superb new book goes a long way towards repairing this omission. He shows for the first time how science was an integral part of the creation of American hegemony in post-war Europe." Jeff Hughes British Journal for the History of Science

"A labor of sustained love and deep learning, *Mind and Hand* unearths MIT's rich multiple roots -- in the polytechnic models of France, the aspirations of the mid-nineteenth century's rising industrial technologists, the boosters of Boston, and the vision of its founders for science-based technical education. More than that, it is a kind of users manual for its time -- an insider's history of what it took to create and develop this urban university, including fund-raising and faculty recruitment, land acquisition and community support, and the friendly, creative competition with that other educational institution down the Charles River. *Mind and Hand* reveals just how much the MIT of today is mirrored in the story of its birth."--Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University

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John Krige is Kranzberg Professor in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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My first PhD degree was in Physical Chemistry. I left the South African Atomic Energy Board when I was effectively asked to contribute to their nuclear weapons project, now discontinued. I got a second PhD at the University of Sussex in England, and became an historian working at the intersection between the history of science and technology and the foreign policy of governments. I concentrate on knowledge that is 'dual-use', i.e. civil and military, above all in the nuclear and space sectors. My time period is the Cold war. In the initial stages of my career I wrote about the place of this knowledge in relationships between major European powers. For the last decade my focus has shifted to U.S. - European relationships. I am interested in how the United States uses its scientific and technological pre-eminence in these sensitive domains as an instrument of soft power, and as a tool to shape the research agendas of its allies.

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