A shocking examination of the politics of intellectual life during the Cold War
“How low did Western scholars bow to Cold War political and financial pressures? Real low, says Universities and Empire. . . . Important and eye-opening.” —Washington City Paper
Universities and Empire is a fascinating exploration of the seamier connections between academic research and official public policy during the most turbulent years of the Cold War. It explores the effects of the U.S. military, intelligence, and propaganda agencies on academic culture and intellectual life. Essays by leading academics examine the origins of new subjects of research such as Asian studies and development studies, mine the secret history of Cold War initiatives such as Project Troy and Project Camelot, and discuss the legacy of corporate involvement in the university system.