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The Scientific Origins of National Socialism: Social Darwinism in Ernst Haeckel and the German Monist League

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London. MacDonald. 1971. 1st UK edition. Hardcover. Boards and contents a little grubby. Dustjacket is unclipped with a chip to the front and general wear at spine ends. Now available as print on demand

Many studies of the origins of National Socialism claim that the volkisch and proto-Nazi movement arose largely as a reaction to the materialistic ideas of nineteenth-century science and especially to the naturalistic philosophy of Ernst Haeckel and the German Monist League. Using hitherto unexplored material, Daniel Gasman calls this generalization into question. Arguing that the importance of science has been relatively neglected in accounts of the intellectual origins of Nazism, he attempts to show that Haeckel s scientific Darwinism, and his movement, the German Monist League, were proto-Nazi in character. Contrary to popular belief, Haeckel s type of social Darwinism actually played a critical role in the formation of National Socialist ideology.

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Gasman. Daniel
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Hardback
Number of pages:
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London. MacDonald. 1971. 1st UK edition. Hardcover. Boards and contents a little grubby. Dustjacket is unclipped with a chip to the front and general wear at spine ends. Now available as print on demand

Many studies of the origins of National Socialism claim that the volkisch and proto-Nazi movement arose largely as a reaction to the materialistic ideas of nineteenth-century science and especially to the naturalistic philosophy of Ernst Haeckel and the German Monist League. Using hitherto unexplored material, Daniel Gasman calls this generalization into question. Arguing that the importance of science has been relatively neglected in accounts of the intellectual origins of Nazism, he attempts to show that Haeckel s scientific Darwinism, and his movement, the German Monist League, were proto-Nazi in character. Contrary to popular belief, Haeckel s type of social Darwinism actually played a critical role in the formation of National Socialist ideology.

Author(s):
Gasman. Daniel
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
0

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