Ulf Schmidt (Canterbury)

Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments



Diese Veranstaltung findet von 10:00-12:00 Uhr gemeinsam mit dem Lehrstuhl für Zeitgeschichte in Raum 202 statt.


Secret Science traces, for the first time, the history of chemical and biological weapons research involving experiments on humans by the former Allied powers during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly in Britain, the United States and Canada. It charts the ethical trajectory and culture of military science, from its initial development in response to Germany’s first use of chemical weapons in the First World War to the ongoing attempts by the international community to ban these types of weapons once and for all.

Secret Science asks whether Allied and especially British warfare trials were ethical, safe and justified within the prevailing conditions and values of the time. It offers a nuanced, non-judgemental analysis of the contributions made by servicemen, scientists and civil servants to military research in Britain and elsewhere, not as passive, helpless victims ‘without voices’, or as perpetrators ‘without a conscience’, but as history’s actors and agents of their own destiny.

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