Chapter ID: CBB394122030

Inculcating Materialist Minds: Scientific Propaganda and Anti-Religion in the USSR During the Cold War (2016)


After 1947, and the liquidation of the Union of Militant Atheists, the Soviet Znanie Society, besides scientific propaganda, had transferred to it the function of propagating atheistic views throughout the USSR. This chapter will analyze how the battle between scientific atheism and religious belief was waged from above domestically by the Soviet regime in the era of the Cold War. It will begin with an overview of the relationship between anti-religious propaganda and scientific enlightenment in the period 1918–1946, leading into the immediate post-Second World War era. The chapter will then analyze the Znanie Society’s role in this development during the early Cold War, document various well-known scientists and propagandists involved in its formation, as well as discuss its eventual fracturing from within.

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Authors & Contributors
Solovey, Mark
Van Keuren, David K.
Cloud, John
Gerovitch, Slava
Hounshell, David A.
Husband, William B.
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
Social Studies of Science
Environmental History
History of Meteorology
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
Potomac Books
University of California Press
Stanford University Press
Oxford University Press
World Scientific
Science and politics
Cold War
Science and society
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Stalin, Joseph
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Planck, Max
Sakharov, Andrei
Supek, Ivan
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
Soviet Union
United States
Polar regions
Great Britain

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