Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in Germany

Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in Germany

Andrew D. Evans


Between 1914 and 1918, German anthropologists carried out their paintings in the middle of full-scale battle. The self-discipline used to be fairly new in German academia while international warfare I broke out, and, as Andrew D. Evans unearths during this illuminating publication, its improvement was once profoundly altered through the clash. because the warfare 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 undertaking basically desirous about clinical reports of race.

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

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