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dc.contributor.authorGrant, Jo
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-08T04:41:19Z
dc.date.available2019-04-08T04:41:19Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1913-8032en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/236857
dc.description.abstractDuring his 1950 lecture tour of Australia, Bertrand Russell was given the nickname “Russell the Rainmaker” due to unseasonably wet weather in the eastern states that appeared to accompany his travels. This humorous name represents a central idea that shaped his tour. Russell was convinced that the technical ability to make rain could transform Australia’s largely dry landscape and boost the nation’s farming potential, which could, in turn, support a new age of happiness and prosperity. Russell used this vision of the future to imagine a safe refuge for Western civilization in case Europe was destroyed in a possible nuclear Third World War. This paper will discuss how his Australian tour was an important moment of both hope and anxiety in his life. Russell’s idea of a pastoral utopia in Australia that relied on optimism about the capability of science to transform the landscape can be understood as a key way in which he responded intellectually to the events of the early Cold War.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherMcMaster University * Bertrand Russell Research Centreen_US
dc.publisher.urihttps://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~russell/journal.htmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom65en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto90en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalRussell - Journal of the Bertrand Russell Studiesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume36en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPhilosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode229999en_US
dc.titleRussell the rainmaker: Touring in early cold war Australiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
dc.description.versionPublisheden_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2016 Russell - Journal of the Bertrand Russell Studies. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
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