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Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler

Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler - 09 edition

Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler - 09 edition

ISBN13: 9781844672448

ISBN10: 1844672441

Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler by Andre Pichot - ISBN 9781844672448
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 2009
International: No
Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler by Andre Pichot - ISBN 9781844672448

ISBN13: 9781844672448

ISBN10: 1844672441

Edition: 09

Summary

How did the notions of "race" and "ethnic group," under the cover of scientific legitimacy, get used for political ends? This work retraces the history of biological conceptions of society and their racist and eugenicist applications from the end of the nineteenth century to the post-Second World War epoch. André Pichot analyzes the relationship between science, politics and ideology, through the examination of specific cases: from Nazism to the various eugenicist research programs launched or financed by eminent scientific organizations from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards. And, today, with the mapping of the human genome and rapid advances in gene therapies, he warns that the dream of a "pure society" is in danger of resurrection.