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ERIC Number: EJ1049777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Mendel Lives: The Survival of Mendelian Genetics in the Lysenkoist Classroom, 1937-1964
Peacock, Margaret
Science & Education, v24 n1-2 p101-114 Jan 2015
The demise of Soviet genetics in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s has stood for many as a prime example of the damage that social and political dogmatism can do when allowed to meddle in the workings of science. In particular, the story of Trofim Lysenko's rise to preeminence and the fall of Mendelian genetics in the Soviet Union has become a lasting testament to the dangers of state power and a seemingly blatant manifestation of totalitarianism in practice. In recent years, historians have begun to complicate this story. The purpose of this article is to examine the extent to which this conventional account of state power in Soviet biology, symbolized by the disappearance of Mendel, still holds true. Using middle school textbooks, encyclopedias, and pedagogical journals that were published between 1934 and 1964 this article argues that despite its efforts, the state apparatus was functionally incapable of eradicating genetics from its schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR
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