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Surviving the Swastika: Scientific Research in Nazi Germany Hardcover – November 25, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0195070101 ISBN-10: 0195070100 Edition: First

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"Macrakis's arguments are based on an impressive array of archival and secondary sources, and her interpretations of the evidence fit well with those of other historians that establish continuity from the Weimar period through the Third Reich and into the postwar period, that emphasize the complexity of pressures on and motivations of those acting in the Third Reich, that explore varieties of resistance and opposition and the limits of Hitler's power, and that see parallels between developments in National Socialist Germany and in other industrialized countries at about the same time."--Science
"The complete index and an enormous list of references on science during the Third Reich are a researcher's dream."--Choice, April 1994r
"Based on considerable primary-source research, Surviving the Swastika has much to commend it. Most importantly, the above evidence to the contrary, it encourages students of the Third Reich to view German science as something other tha a monolithic creature of the regime."--The Historian
"She effectively challenges the long-held view that only pseudoscience prospered under Nazism....This study greatly advances knowledge of science under Nazism. Macrakis's results have important implications for more general issues such as the politics of science and the responsibility of scientists."--ISIS
"The strength of Macrakis's account lies in the insights she offers into the institutional history of science at this time in areas such as virology, hormonal research, fission research, and radiation genetics."--American Historical Review
"...The most complete treatment of the history of the KWG currently available in English."--German Studies Review
"...A book that will undoubtedly find its place with specialists in the social history of German science."--Central European History
"...a very informative and stimulating book."--Herbst-Germanic Notes and Reviews

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Kristie Macrakis received her Ph.D. in the History of Science at Harvard University. After joining the faculty of Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor of the History of Science she spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She is the author of numerous articles on science in modern Germany.

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