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Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War EuropeInculcating Materialist Minds: Scientific Propaganda and Anti-Religion in the USSR During the Cold War

Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe: Inculcating Materialist Minds: Scientific... [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.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War EuropeInculcating Materialist Minds: Scientific Propaganda and Anti-Religion in the USSR During the Cold War

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Editors: Betts, Paul; Smith, Stephen A.

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
ISBN
978-1-137-54638-8
Pages
105 –125
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54639-5_5
Publisher site
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Abstract

[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.]

Published: May 15, 2016

Keywords: Communist Party; Soviet Government; Soviet Citizen; Soviet Academy; Soviet Foreign Policy

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