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Health, Race and German Politics between National Unification and Nazism, 1870–1945

Health, Race and German Politics between National Unification and Nazism, 1870–1945

Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423977


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  • Analysis of the orgins of the holocaust traditionally centres around völkisch racial ideologies, overlooking the effects of racial ideas on biology and health. Based on a wealth of hitherto neglected archival sources, this book analyses the origins, social composition and impact of eugenics in the context of the social and political tension of an industrialising empire.

    • Nazi history
    • Explores the roots of twentieth century history of Germany
    • Marries the history of medicine with the history of the two world wars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Weindling's book is a major contribution to an important subject. It brings a mass of fascinating detail to bear on the medical origins of Nazi exterminism. And will be required reading for all serious students of modern German history.' Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… describes in horrifying detail how the German doctors' fear of an imagined national deterioration of one kind led them into complicity with a government whose degeneracy of another kind was all too real.' London Review of Books

    'Paul Weindling's book is very good indeed … [it] needs to be read by anyone embarking on a cultural history of the European world of 1900'. Norman Stone, The Guardian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423977
    • length: 660 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.918kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: science and social cohesion
    1. Social Darwinism
    2. Between utopianism and racial hygiene
    3. From hygiene to family welfare
    4. Struggle for survival, the 1914-1918 war
    5. Revolution and racial reconstruction
    6. Weimar eugenics
    7. The sick bed of democracy, 1929-32
    8. Nazi racial hygiene
    9. Eugenics and German politics.

  • Author

    Paul Weindling, University of Oxford

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