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
     
 

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 which combines the study of individual thinkers with the distinctive ideological themes (e.g., eugenics) and does so in a comprehensive historical… See more details below

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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 which 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
Introduction: the identity of Social Darwinism3
1Defining Social Darwinism21
2The distinctiveness of Social Darwinism39
3The emergence of Social Darwinism61
4Herbert Spencer and cosmic evolution82
5Social Darwinism in the USA104
6Social Darwinism in France and Germany123
7Reform Darwinism151
8Races, nations and the struggle for existence184
9The eugenic conscience216
10Social Darwinism, nature and sexual difference249
11Nazism, Fascism and Social Darwinism272
Postscript: Social Darwinism old and new: the case of sociobiology292
Bibliography314
Index335

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