Universities and Empire: Money and Politics in the Social Sciences During the Cold War

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Christopher Simpson
New Press, 1998 - Education - 273 pages
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A shocking examination of the politics of intellectual life during the Cold War. Universities and Empire is a fascinating exploration of the seamier connections between academic research and official public policy during the most turbulent years of the Cold War. It explores the effects of the U.S. military, intelligence, and propaganda agencies on academic culture and intellectual life. Essays by leading academics examine the origins of new subjects of research such as Asian Studies and Development Studies; mine the secret history of Cold War initiatives such as Project Troy and Project Camelot; and discuss the legacy of corporate involvement in the university system. Contributors include Bruce Cumings (University of Chicago), Irene L. Gendzier (Boston University), Allan A. Needell (Smithsonian Institution), Kevin Gaines (University of Texas, Austin), Slava Gerovitch (MIT), Ellen Herman (University of Oregon), Christopher Simpson (American University), and Lawrence Soley (Marquette University).

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Christopher Simpson is an associate professor specializing in information literacy at American University's School of Communication in Washington, DC. He has written several books concerning genocide, international human rights law and national security, including "The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law and Genocide in the 20th Century". He serves on the Scholarly Advisory Boards for federal interagency commissions concerning looted Nazi assets and administration of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. Simpson is also the editor of a new Holmes & Meier series of books on human rights.

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