Joy Rohde. Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013

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Christian Dayé


The question of whether and, if yes, to what extent the Cold War influenced the social sciences has recently attracted increasing attention from American scholars. The book under review fits into this burgeoning literature. It traces the “optimistic rise, anguished fall, and unexpected rebirth of Pentagon-sponsored social research” (6) since the end of World War II and investigates how social scientists thought of themselves and their work for the government and military.


History of Social Sciences, Cold War America, Militarization of Social Sciences, Military Patrons, Responsibility of Scientists, Freedom of Science

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