‘Race is Everything’: The Growth of Racial Determinism, 1830–50

  • Nancy Stepan
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Abstract

While comparative anatomy and animal biology were giving new validity to old ideas about the hierarchy of human races, other areas of science were contributing new ideas to racial thinking and were pushing British science in a racialist direction.

Keywords

Migration Europe Gall Hunt Malaysia 

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  • Nancy Stepan
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryYale UniversityUSA

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