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  • American Eugenicsby Nancy Ordover

    University of Minnesota Press 2003; US$ 60.00

    The Nazis may have given eugenics its negative connotations, but the practice?and the ?science? that supports it?is still disturbingly alive in America. Tracing the historical roots and persistence of eugenics in the United States, Nancy Ordover explores the political and cultural climate that has endowed these campaigns with mass appeal and scientific... more...

  • Building a Better Raceby Wendy Kline

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 15.95

    Wendy Kline's lucid cultural history of eugenics in America emphasizes the movement's central, continuing interaction with popular notions of gender and morality. Kline shows how eugenics could seem a viable solution to problems of moral disorder and sexuality, especially female sexuality, during the first half of the twentieth century. more...

  • Defiant Birthby Melinda Tankard Reist

    Spinifex Press 2006; US$ 16.95

    Daring women—those who were told not to have their babies due to perceived disabilities in themselves or their unborn children—tell their stories in this controversial book that looks critically at medical eugenics as a contemporary form of social engineering. Believing that all life is valuable and that some are not more worthy of it than others,... more...

  • Eugenic Nationby Alexandra Minna Stern

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 31.95

    Many people assume that eugenics all but disappeared with the fall of Nazism, but as this sweeping history demonstrates, the idea of better breeding had a wide and surprising reach in the United States throughout the twentieth century. With an original emphasis on the American West, Eugenic Nation brings to light many little-known facts?for example,... more...

  • Eugenics, Human Genetics and Human Failingsby Pauline Mazumdar

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 49.95

    This scholarly and penetrating study of eugenics is a major contribution to our understanding of the complex relation between science, ideology and class. more...

  • Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Centuryby Aaron Gillette

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 34.00

    Gillette shows that the sciences of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology were undergoing rapid development in the early Twentieth century. However, many of the early researchers in these sciences were also eugenicists. With the rise of behaviourism and the reaction against eugenics in the 1930s, any scientific claims that behaviour might be influenced... more...

  • From Nurturing the Nation to Purifying the Volkby Michelle Mouton

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 26.00

    This book explores Weimar and Nazi policy to highlight the fundamental, far-reaching change wrought by the Nazis and the disparity between national family policy design and its implementation at the local level. more...

  • The Kaiser-wilhelm-institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics, 1927-1945by Hans-Walter Schmuhl

    Springer 2008; US$ 219.00

    When the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics opened its doors in 1927, it could rely on wide political approval, ranging from the Social Democrats over the Catholic Centre to the far rightwing of the party spectrum. In 1933 the institute and its founding director Eugen Fischer came under pressure to adjust, which... more...

  • Liberal Eugenicsby Nicholas Agar

    Wiley 2008; US$ 117.95

    In this provocative book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s characteristics. Gets away from fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past Written from a philosophically and scientifically informed point of view Considers real... more...

  • The Nazi Connectionby Stefan Kuhl

    Oxford University Press, USA 2002; US$ 24.99

    When Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1924, he held up a foreign law as a model for his program of racial purification: The U.S. Immigration Restriction Act of 1924, which prohibited the immigration of those with hereditary illnesses and entire ethnic groups. When the Nazis took power in 1933, they installed a program of eugenics--the attempted "improvement"... more...