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by Loren Graham

ePub The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union (RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTER STUDIES) download
Author:
Loren Graham
ISBN13:
978-0674354364
ISBN:
0674354362
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Publisher:
Harvard University Press (January 1, 1993)
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Technology
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1229 kb
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Loren Graham has written a wonderful book about the relationship between technology and society. This remarkable book by Loren R. Graham deals with one of the many independent minds crushed by the Soviet government.

Loren Graham has written a wonderful book about the relationship between technology and society.

Graham highlights the harsh irrationalities built into the Soviet system - the . The Ghost is nominally about an engineer named Peter Palchinsky.

Graham highlights the harsh irrationalities built into the Soviet system - the world's most inefficient steel mill in Magnito-gorsk, the gigantic and ill-conceived hydro-electric plant on the Dnieper River, the infamously cruel and mislocated construction of the White Sea Canal. Time and again, we see the effect of policies that ignore not only workers' and consumers' needs but also sound management and engineering precepts.

This book is very impressive.

Graham continues with an analysis and criticism of 3 other large scale projects that ultimately proved to be just as ill planned and impractical as Dneprostroi – The Magnitogorsk mine, the White Sea Canal and the BAM transcontinental railroad. This book is very impressive. Graham uses Palchinsky's story to illustrate a larger social story about the fate of the Soviet technological intelligentsia.

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Category: Professionals & Academics, Biographies & Memoirs, Europe, History, Military, Russia, History & Philosophy, Science, Technology, Social Sciences.

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His ghost leads readers through the miasma of Soviet technology and industry, pointing. ISBN13:9780674354371. Release Date:February 1996.

Timothy E. O'Connor (a1). University of Northern Iowa.

The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union. In this compelling study of the treatment of enemy minorities in the Russian Empire during the First World War, Eric Lohr uncovers a dramatic story of mass deportations, purges, expropriations, and popular violence.

Stalin ordered his execution, but here Peter Palchinsky has the last word. As if rising from an uneasy grave, Palchinsky's ghost leads us through the miasma of Soviet technology and industry, pointing out the mistakes he condemned in his time, the corruption and collapse he predicted, the ultimate price paid for silencing those who were not afraid to speak out. The story of this visionary engineer's life and work, as Loren Graham relates it, is also the story of the Soviet Union's industrial promise and failure.We meet Palchinsky in pre-Revolutionary Russia, immersed in protests against the miserable lot of laborers in the tsarist state, protests destined to echo ironically during the Soviet worker's paradise. Exiled from the country, pardoned and welcomed back at the outbreak of World War I, the engineer joined the ranks of the Revolutionary government, only to find it no more open to criticism than the previous regime. His turbulent career offers us a window on debates over industrialization. Graham highlights the harsh irrationalities built into the Soviet system - the world's most inefficient steel mill in Magnito-gorsk, the gigantic and ill-conceived hydro-electric plant on the Dnieper River, the infamously cruel and mislocated construction of the White Sea Canal. Time and again, we see the effect of policies that ignore not only workers' and consumers' needs but also sound management and engineering precepts. And we see Palchinsky's criticism and advice, persistently given, consistently ignored, continue to haunt the Soviet Union right up to its dissolution in 1991.The story of a man whose gifts and character set him in the path of history, The Ghost of the Executed Engineer is also a cautionary tale about the fate of engineering that disregards social and human issues.
  • With the collapse of the Soviet Union, marvelous information about the daily lives of individuals during the period are becoming know. This book focuses on a single engineer and the impact of the Soviet style on the profession.
    It tells the story of how blind faith in a system cause truth to be supressed, often at the cost of lives.
    Unfortunately, the writing at times becomes polemical.
    It is an easy, short read and of value to those interested in the times and anyone who worries about when theory or dogma silences truth.

  • Interesting story with broader context than just engineering. Can read more like a journal paper or thesis than a book.

  • I read this for my History, Technology and Science class in college. It is quite intriguing a life that Palchinsky leads. The book starts off telling about his life in general and how it ended, and his influences on Russia. But then halfway through the book, the focus shifts to descriptions of technological failures the Soviet Union encountered and how they struggled to beat other countries in the engineering field.
    I don't think this book really gives Palchinsky the credit he desrves and this book certainly isn't all about him, just brief historical facts.

  • Great Item.