Book Review: The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov

The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth by Steven A. Usitalo was reviewed by Andrew Jenks in Isis, Vol. 105, No. 3 (September 2014). Jenks writes:


The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov has potential appeal to a number of audiences. For historians of science, this study provides insight into the particularities of the Russian case and how it differs from, and is similar to, the veneration and self-fashioning of non-Russian scientists such as Galileo in early modern Europe or Benjamin Franklin in the United States. Historians of Russia and the Soviet Union will also profit from this book’s intriguing ideas about the 'mythogenic' qualities of Russian culture, where cults of personality— beginning with political figures and extending to the pantheon of literary, engineering, and cosmonaut heroes—play such a prominent role in politics and in the propagation of ideas about what it means to be a Russian.”