Lecture #12:

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Darwin and the Invention of Race

1. Debates about race, 1800-1850

A. The rise and fall of monogenism (1750-1850)
B. The emergence of polygenist thought (1800-1850)


2. The growth of racial determinism, 1840-1859

A. The concept of biological man
B. Darwin’s perspective


3. Race after Darwin, 1859-1900

A. The scientific reception of Darwinian theory
B. Social Darwinism: race politics after Darwin

 

Keywords Sites of Interest


Monogenism
Polygenism
The Anthropological Society
Phrenology

Robert Knox, The Races of Men (1850)
Count Gobineau
natural selection
sexual selection
Herbert Spencer
Science hero: Charles Darwin
The Darwinian Homepage
Portrait of Charles Darwin
Evolution
Biography of Charles Darwin

 

 

 

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