Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress

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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 ...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230112735
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,406,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Weikart is a Professor of Modern European History at California State University, Stanislaus.  He has published three previous books, including From Darwin to Hitler and his prize-winning dissertation, Socialist Darwinism. He has also published numerous essays on social Darwinism in anthologies and leading journals, such as German Studies Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, and Isis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Hitler as Moral Crusader and Liar
• The Cult of Evolutionary Progress
• Racial Struggle
• Morally Upright Aryans and Immoral Jews
• Hitler’s Socialism: Building the People’s Community
• Sexual Morality and Population Expansion
• Controlling Reproduction to Improve the Human Species
• The Struggle for Living Space: War and Expansionism
• Justifying Murder and Genocide
• Conclusion

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