Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as Model and Nature as Threat / Edition 1

Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as Model and Nature as Threat / Edition 1

by Mike Hawkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 052157434X

ISBN-13: 9780521574341

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This original and wide-ranging study clarifies the meaning of Social Darwinism and demonstrates its relevance through a study of European and American social and political thinkers. It is the only study of Social Darwinism that combines the study of individual thinkers with the distinctive ideological themes (e.g., eugenics) and does so in a comprehensive

Overview

This original and wide-ranging study clarifies the meaning of Social Darwinism and demonstrates its relevance through a study of European and American social and political thinkers. It is the only study of Social Darwinism that combines the study of individual thinkers with the distinctive ideological themes (e.g., eugenics) and does so in a comprehensive historical and comparative framework. A wide spectrum of academic readers will enjoy Dr. Hawkins' lucid and subtle analysis and find it a useful guide through a difficult and complex subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521574341
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I. Defining Social Darwinism: Introduction: the identity of Social Darwinism; 1. Defining Social Darwinism; 2. The distinctiveness of Social Darwinism; Part II. Pioneers: 3. The emergence of Social Darwinism; 4. Herbert Spencer and cosmic evolution; 5. Social Darwinism in the USA; 6. Social Darwinism in France and Germany; Part III. Case Studies: 7. Reform Darwinism; 8. Races, nations and the struggle for existence; 9. The eugenic conscience; 10. Social Darwinism, nature and sexual difference; 11. Nazism, Fascism and Social Darwinism; Postscript: Social Darwinism old and new: the case of sociobiology; Bibliography.

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