The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State: Editors' Introduction

The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State:... RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW 63:1-6 1995 2/RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW half-century of public policy. Yet it does not then follow that everything that took place in the United States in that era ought to remain beyond critical inquiry. f Indeed, the assumption o victory has had a significant influence on the ways in which most historical investigations of the Cold War era have been constructed. They have focused o n those institutions a n d policies that (purportedly) contributed t o t h e triu mp h of American policies as coherently integrated. In contrast, they have presented problematic aspects of the last half-century-unreflective anticommunism, a militarized macroeconomy, bloody interventions f around the world, the production o countless tons of nuclear waste, the secret exposure o American citizens to radioactive fallout, the f surveillance of American citizens, and the like-as discrete problems not systematically related in one way or the other. Although we do not believe that all intellectual developments since World War I1 have been seamlessly created by Cold War imperatives, w e have nevertheless utilized a n inductive approach here to help identify such patterns as may exist. The Cold War's conclusion has also intersected with other dynamics http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Radical History Review Duke University Press

The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State: Editors' Introduction

Radical History Review, Volume 1995 (63) – Oct 1, 1995

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1995 by MARHO: The Radical Historians' Organization, Inc.
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0163-6545
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1534-1453
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10.1215/01636545-1995-63-1
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RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW 63:1-6 1995 2/RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW half-century of public policy. Yet it does not then follow that everything that took place in the United States in that era ought to remain beyond critical inquiry. f Indeed, the assumption o victory has had a significant influence on the ways in which most historical investigations of the Cold War era have been constructed. They have focused o n those institutions a n d policies that (purportedly) contributed t o t h e triu mp h of American policies as coherently integrated. In contrast, they have presented problematic aspects of the last half-century-unreflective anticommunism, a militarized macroeconomy, bloody interventions f around the world, the production o countless tons of nuclear waste, the secret exposure o American citizens to radioactive fallout, the f surveillance of American citizens, and the like-as discrete problems not systematically related in one way or the other. Although we do not believe that all intellectual developments since World War I1 have been seamlessly created by Cold War imperatives, w e have nevertheless utilized a n inductive approach here to help identify such patterns as may exist. The Cold War's conclusion has also intersected with other dynamics

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