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The Historiography of Contemporary Science, Technology, and Medicine

Writing Recent Science, 1st Edition

By Ronald E. Doel, Thomas Söderqvist


320 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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As historians of science increasingly turn to work on recent (post 1945) science, the historiographical and methodological problems associated with the history of contemporary science are debated with growing frequency and urgency.

Bringing together authorities on the history, historiography and methodology of recent and contemporary science, this book reviews the problems facing historians of technology, contemporary science and medicine, and explores new ways forward.

With contributions from key researchers in the field, the text covers topics that will be of ever increasing interest to historians of post-war science, including the difficulties of accessing and using secret archival material, the interactions between archivists, historians and scientists, and the politics of evidence and historical accounts.

About the Authors

Ronald E. Doel is Associate Professor in the Department of History, with a joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences, at Oregon State University. He writes on the modern environmental sciences, on the integration of scientists into foreign policy, and on historical methodology.

Thomas Söderqvist is Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on the role of individuals and material objects in the historiography of recent biomedicine.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Studies in the History of Science Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand, and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History
MEDICAL / History