Race and the Third Reich
By (author) Christopher M. Hutton
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Race and the Third Reich by Christopher M. Hutton
Book Description"Race and the Third Reich" aims to set out the key concepts, debates and controversies that marked the academic study of race in Nazi Germany. It looks in particular at the discipline of racial anthropology and its relationship to linguistics and human biology. Christopher Hutton identifies the central figures involved in the study of race during the Nazi regime, and traces continuities and discontinuities between Nazism and the study of human diversity in the Western tradition. Whilst Nazi race theory is commonly associated with the idea of a superior 'Aryan race' and with the idealization of the Nordic ideal of blond hair, blue eyes and a 'long-skull', Nazi race theorists, in common with their colleagues outside Germany, without exception denied the existence of an Aryan race.After 1935 official publications were at pains to stress that the term 'Aryan' belonged to linguistics and was not a racial category at all. Under the influence of Mendelian genetics, racial anthropologists concluded that there was no necessary link between ideal physical appearance and ideal racial character. In the course of the Third Reich, racial anthropology was marginalized in favour of the rising science of human genetics. However, racial anthropologists played a key role in the crimes of the Nazi state by defining Jews and others as racial outsiders to be excluded at all costs from the body of the German Volk. Anyone studying the Third Reich or who is interested in race theory will find this a fascinating, informative and accessible study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745631776
(228mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher M. Hutton
Race and the Third Reich, Hardback (July 2005)
* Offers for the first time an accessible survey of the main debates, tensions and contradictions within Nazi race theory. * Nazism is central to discussions of race and identity within anthropology, sociology, history, linguistics and cultural studies.
Linguistics and the Third Reich, Hardback (November 1998)» View all books by Christopher M. Hutton
This book is an insightful account of the academic politics of the Nazi era. Hutton situates Nazi linguistics within the politics of Hitler's state and the history of modern linguistics.
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Author Biography - Christopher M. Hutton
Christopher M. Hutton is Associate Professor and Head of Department of English at the University of Hong Kong.
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