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

The Anthropological Society

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
Biography of Charles Darwin




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