By Christian Fleck

From the start of the 20th century, medical and social clinical learn has been characterised by means of highbrow trade among Europe and the united states. The institution of the 3rd Reich ensured that, from the German talking international, at the least, this turned a one-way site visitors. during this e-book Christian Fleck explores the discovery of empirical social examine, which by way of 1950 had develop into the binding norm of foreign scholarship, and he analyses the contribution of German refugee social scientists to its institution. the most important names are the following, from Adorno and Horkheimer to Hirshman and Lazarsfeld, yet on the middle of the e-book is a different collective biography in keeping with unique info from greater than 800 German-speaking social scientists. released in German in 2008 to nice acclaim, Fleck's very important learn of the transatlantic enrichment of the social sciences is now to be had in a revised English-language version.

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It took the political caesura of US entry into the First World War and the subsequent shake-up of many institutions, as well as the innovations brought about by war administration, to make possible the foundation (and funding) of the two research institutes mentioned above. Carnegie Corporation funding began in 1920 for the National Bureau of Economic Research and in 1922 for the Institute for Governmental Research, which later became known as Brookings. In both cases, cooperation between scholars, industrialists and government officials during the First World War seem to have acted as a stimulant.

It took the political caesura of US entry into the First World War and the subsequent shake-up of many institutions, as well as the innovations brought about by war administration, to make possible the foundation (and funding) of the two research institutes mentioned above. Carnegie Corporation funding began in 1920 for the National Bureau of Economic Research and in 1922 for the Institute for Governmental Research, which later became known as Brookings. In both cases, cooperation between scholars, industrialists and government officials during the First World War seem to have acted as a stimulant.

The founder and namesake of the foundation – or later his heirs – would have a seat on the board of trustees and, in most cases, exercise an influence that went well beyond a mere vote. For support, they recruited intimates and celebrities. The former were supposed to help them reach decisions, the latter to function as experts in carrying them out. The founders, however, did not act as the president of the board or the foundation. Initially, this was a charge for one of the intimates, and a full-time job at that.

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