Scientific Communication Across the Iron Curtain

  • Christopher D.¬†Hollings

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christopher D. Hollings
    Pages 1-5
  3. Christopher D. Hollings
    Pages 7-54
  4. Christopher D. Hollings
    Pages 55-73
  5. Christopher D. Hollings
    Pages 75-100
  6. Christopher D. Hollings
    Pages 101-103
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 105-109

About this book


This monograph provides a concise introduction to the tangled issues of communication between Russian and Western scientists during the Cold War. It details the extent to which mid-twentieth-century researchers and practitioners were able to communicate with their counterparts on the opposite side of the Iron Curtain.

Drawing upon evidence from a range of disciplines, a decade-by-decade account is first given of the varying levels of contact that existed via private correspondence and conference attendance. Next, the book examines the exchange of publications and the availability of one side's work in the libraries of the other. It then goes on to compare general language abilities on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, with comments on efforts in the West to learn Russian and the systematic translation of Russian work.

In the end, author Christopher Hollings argues that physical accessibility was generally good in both directions, but that Western scientists were afflicted by greater linguistic difficulties than their Soviet counterparts whose major problems were bureaucratic in nature.

This volume will be of interest to historians of Cold War science, particularly those who study communications and language issues. In addition, it will be an ideal starting pointing for anyone looking to know more about this fascinating area.


Cold War science Foreign-language barrier International scientific conferences Internationalism in science Russian-language barrier Science and McCarthyism Scientific abstracts Scientific communication Scientific translation Soviet censorship Soviet science Soviet science journals Stalinist science Zhores A. Medvedev

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher D.¬†Hollings
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordMathematical InstituteOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25344-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25346-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4564
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4572
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