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Science and the State

From the Scientific Revolution to World War II

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Was it coincidence that the modern state and modern science arose at the same time? This overview of the relations of science and state from the Scientific Revolution to World War II explores this issue, synthesising a range of approaches from history and political theory. John Gascoigne argues the case for an ongoing mutual dependence of the state and science in ways which have promoted the consolidation of both. Drawing on a wide body of scholarship, he shows how the changing functions of the state have brought a wider engagement with science, while the possibilities that science make available have increased the authority of the state along with its prowess in war. At the end of World War II, the alliance between science and state was securely established and, Gascoigne argues, is still firmly embodied in the post-war world.

Product code: 9781316609385

ISBN 9781316609385
This is the first accessible historical overview of the partnership between science and the state from the Scientific Revolution to World War II. Covering developments over five centuries and synthesising a range of approaches, John Gascoigne examines the evolution of the relationship between modern science and the modern state.