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Human Heredity and Eugenics Make Their International Debut

in The Nazi Symbiosis

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226891767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.003.0002
Human Heredity and Eugenics Make Their International Debut

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This chapter introduces some of the major internationally renowned human geneticists and eugenicists who laid the foundations of this new science since the turn of the twentieth century, including Charles B. Davenport, Harry H. Laughlin, and Francis Galton. It examines their intellectual and political concerns as expressed in their scientific publications and in personal correspondence with other researchers. The chapter also discusses the history of the rise of eugenics, which led to the origins of modern genetics during the period from 1890 to 1914, and considers the influence of the Great Depression on the radical turn in German eugenics.

Keywords: geneticists; eugenicists; Charles B. Davenport; Harry H. Laughlin; Francis Galton; eugenics; political concerns; Great Depression; modern genetics

Chapter.  18589 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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