Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress

Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress

by Richard Weikart
     
 

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In this fascinating follow-up to From Darwin to Hitler, Richard Weikart helps unlock the mystery of Hitler’s evil by vividly demonstrating that the infamous dictator’s immorality flowed from a seemingly coherent ethic. Hitler was inspired by evolutionary theory to pursue the utopian project of biologically improving the human race, and this ethic

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In this fascinating follow-up to From Darwin to Hitler, Richard Weikart helps unlock the mystery of Hitler’s evil by vividly demonstrating that the infamous dictator’s immorality flowed from a seemingly coherent ethic. Hitler was inspired by evolutionary theory to pursue the utopian project of biologically improving the human race, and this ethic underlay or influenced almost every major feature of Nazi policy: eugenics, euthanasia, racism, population expansion, offensive warfare, and racial extermination. This groundbreaking study provides truly fresh insights into one of the darkest chapters of the twentieth century as well as the field of evolutionary studies.

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“There have been many attempts to provide the key to Hitler's world of ideas but Richard Weikart has succeeded in revealing what must be the central element in any understanding of Hitler's world view. The terrible paradox at the heart of the Third Reich, that biological utopia could only be created by intense physical suffering and violence, now has a proper explanation. What seemed to others bizarrely immoral appeared to Hitler an honorable duty.”--Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230112735
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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