Einstein on politics : his private thoughts and public stands on nationalism, Zionism, war, peace, and the bomb

edited by David E. Rowe and Robert Schulmann

The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world wars and the Holocaust, to the atomic bomb and the Cold War, to the effort to establish a Jewish homeland, Einstein was a remarkably prolific political writer, someone who took courageous and often unpopular stands against nationalism, militarism, anti-Semitism, racism, and McCarthyism. In Einstein on Politics, leading Einstein scholars David Rowe and Robert Schulmann gather Einstein's most important public and private political writings and put them into historical context. The book reveals a little-known Einstein--not the ineffectual and naive idealist of popular imagination, but a principled, shrewd pragmatist whose stands on political issues reflected the depth of his humanity. Nothing encapsulates Einstein's profound involvement in twentieth-century politics like the atomic bomb. Here we read the former militant pacifist's 1939 letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that Germany might try to develop an atomic bomb. But the book also documents how Einstein tried to explain this action to Japanese pacifists after the United States used atomic weapons to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events that spurred Einstein to call for international control of nuclear technology. A vivid firsthand view of how one of the twentieth century's greatest minds responded to the greatest political challenges of his day, Einstein on Politics will forever change our picture of Einstein's public activism and private motivations.

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  • List of Texts vii Preface xix Note on Sources and Method xxxi Acknowledgments xxxiii Historical Introduction 1 Chapter 1. The First World War and Its Impact, 1914-1921 61 Chapter 2. Science Meets Politics: The Relativity Revolution, 1918-1923 93 Chapter 3. Anti-Semitism and Zionism, 1919-1930 136 Chapter 4. Internationalism and European Security, 1922-1932 189 Chapter 5. Articles of Faith, 1930-1933 223 Chapter 6. Hitler's Germany and the Threat to European Jewry, 1933-1938 266 Chapter 7. The Fate of the Jews, 1939-1949 315 Chapter 8. The Second World War, Nuclear Weapons, and World Peace, 1939-1950 356 Chapter 9. Soviet Russia, Political Economy, and Socialism, 1918-1952 406 Chapter 10. Political Freedom and the Threat of Nuclear War, 1931-1955 459 Bibliography 509 Index 515 Plate Credits 524

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書名 Einstein on politics : his private thoughts and public stands on nationalism, Zionism, war, peace, and the bomb
著作者等 Einstein, Albert
Rowe, David E.
Schulmann, Robert J.
Schulmann Robert
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c2007
ページ数 xxxiv, 523 p., [16] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780691160207
NCID BA82150712
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国