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Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics: 'A Salutary Moral Influence'

Richard Crockatt


Einstein, the world-renowned scientist, was also publicly committed to radical political views. Despite the vast literature on Einstein, this book is the first comprehensive study of his politics, covering his opinions and campaigns on pacifism, Zionism, control of nuclear weapons, world government, and freedom over his whole career. Most studies look at Einstein in isolation, but here he is viewed alongside a ‘liberal international’ of global intellectuals, including Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Romain Rolland, Thomas Mann, and John Dewey. Fre ... More

Keywords: global intellectuals, liberal international, salutary moral influence, theory of relativity, pacifism, Zionism, world government, nuclear weapons, non-political politics, Einstein myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Crockatt, author
Emeritus Professor of American History, University of East Anglia