For the Betterment of the Race

The Rise and Fall of the International Movement for Eugenics and Racial Hygiene

  • Authors
  • Stefan Kühl

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Introduction

Racism, race hygiene, eugenics, and their histories have for a long time been studied in terms of individual countries, whether genocidal ideology in Nazi Germany or scientific racial theories in the United States. As this study demonstrates, however, eugenic racial policy and scientific racism alike had a strongly international dimension. Concepts such as a 'Racial Confederation of European Peoples' or a 'blonde internationalism' marked the thinking and the actions of many eugenicists, undergirding transnational networks that persist even today. Author Stefan Kühl provides here a historical foundation for this phenomenon, contextualizing the international eugenics movement in relation to National Socialist race policies and showing how intensively eugenicists worked to disseminate their beliefs throughout the world.

Keywords

20. Jahrhundert 20th century Germany Renaissance World War II

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137286123
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-44916-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-28612-3
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