National Races : Transnational Power Struggles in the Sciences and Politics of Human Diversity, 1840-1945 EPUB
Edited by Richard McMahon
Part of the Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology series
Contributors to this volume address a central tension in anthropological race classification. On one hand, classifiers were nationalists who explicitly or implicitly used race narratives to promote political agendas. Their accounts of prehistoric geopolitics treated “national races” as the proxies of nations in order to legitimize present-day geopolitical positions. On the other hand, the transnational community of race scholars resisted the centrifugal forces of nationalism. Their interdisciplinary project was a vital episode in the development of the social sciences, using biological race classification to explain the history, geography, relationships, and psychologies of nations.
National Races goes to the heart of tensions between nationalism and transnationalism, politics and science, by examining transnational science from the perspective of its peripheries. Contributors to the book supplement the traditional focus of historians on France, Britain, and Germany, with myriad case studies and examples of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century racial and national identities in countries such as Russia, Italy, Poland, Greece, and Yugoslavia, and among Jewish anthropologists.
- Format: EPUB
- Pages: 402 pages
- Publisher: Nebraska
- Publication Date: 01/08/2019
- Category: Ethnic studies
- ISBN: 9781496215826