Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in by Andrew D. Evans

By Andrew D. Evans

Between 1914 and 1918, German anthropologists carried out their paintings in the middle of full-scale battle. The self-discipline was once particularly new in German academia whilst international battle I broke out, and, as Andrew D. Evans finds during this illuminating publication, its improvement used to be profoundly altered via the clash. because the conflict formed the institutional, ideological, and actual setting for anthropological paintings, the self-discipline became its again on its liberal roots and have become a nationalist exercise essentially fascinated with clinical reports of race.

Combining highbrow and cultural heritage with the historical past of technology, Anthropology at War examines either the origins and outcomes of this shift. Evans locates its roots within the selection to permit scientists entry to prisoner-of-war camps, which caused them to concentration their study on racial experiences of the captives. stuck up in wartime nationalism, a brand new iteration of anthropologists started to painting the country’s political enemies as racially assorted. After the warfare ended, the significance put on racial conceptions and different types endured, paving the way in which for the politicization of clinical inquiry within the years of the ascendancy of nationwide Socialism.

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