Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe

  • Paul Betts
  • Stephen A. Smith

Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stephen A. Smith
    Pages 1-31
  3. Religion and Social Science in Eastern Europe

  4. Science, Religion and the Paranormal

  5. The Socialist Life-Cycle: Between Science and Religion

  6. Socialism and the Problem of Religious Heritage

About this book


Religion and science were fundamental aspects of Eastern European communist political culture from the very beginning, and remained in uneasy tension across the region over the decades. While both topics have long attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, they almost invariably have been studied discretely as separate stories. Religion, Science and Communism in Cold War Europe is the first scholarly effort to explore the delicate interface of religion, science and communism in Cold War Europe. It brings together an international team of researchers who address this relationship from a number of national viewpoints and thematic perspectives, ranging from mysticism to social science, space exploration to the socialist lifecycle, and architectural heritage to pop culture.  


European History Eastern Europe Communism Political history History of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Betts
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OxfordSt Antony’s CollegeOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.All Souls CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54638-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54639-5
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