Article

German Eugenics and the Wider World: Beyond the Racial State

Paul Weindling

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373141
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 German Eugenics and the Wider World: Beyond the Racial State

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • History
  • European History

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This article discusses German eugenics as being incorporated of two strands, one racially oriented and the other welfare oriented. Eugenics in Germany was also characterized by its intention to reach out to a wider world of German colonies and German ethnic groups beyond the frontiers of the state. Key issues such as rapid industrialization and urban growth and associated changes in morbidity, family size and structure, and sexuality are addressed. The article outlines a system of public health in which eugenically-trained physicians served the race and nation rather than merely the individual. It provides an understanding of racial hygiene within the context of German imperialism, but the postwar loss of colonies, of territories to the new Polish state, creates a shift of focus within the new welfare state.

Keywords: German; eugenics; racial hygiene; welfare; public health

Article.  7699 words. 

Subjects: History ; European History

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.