Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as Model and Nature as Threat (Paperback)
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Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as Model and Nature as Threat (Paperback)

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This wide-ranging study focuses upon the controversies surrounding the meaning and significance of Social Darwinism. It clarifies the nature of Social Darwinism and its relationship to the ideas of Darwin, Lamarck and Herbert Spencer. After examining the development of Social Darwinist theories by a number of European and American thinkers, Mike Hawkins explores the use of these theories in a number of ideological debates and movements of the period 1860-1945. These include socio-political reform, national and racial conflict, eugenics, the position of women and Nazism/Fascism. The aim is to illuminate, through detailed comparative analyses, both the flexibility and the limits of Social Darwinism - limits which derive from the view of nature which lies at the very heart of Social Darwinism. The study concludes with a discussion of modern sociobiology in order to assess the continuing vitality of Social Darwinism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521574341
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 231 x 158 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Hawkins's important and ambitious book aims to show the profound adaptability of social Darwinism ...' Contemporary European History
"Hawkins provides a keen analysis of Social Darwinism in an important and thought-provoking work that will surely become the standard work on the subject for some time to come. It is a superb corrective to the fairly popular revisionist interpretation of Social Darwinism propagated by Robert Bannister and others....Hawkins has provided a useful definition and analysis of Social Darwinism on which future scholarship can build....his work is useful and can serve as a springboard for further study. It will also serve as a useful text in a variety of courses in the history of science and intellectual history." Richard Weikart, H-Net Reviews
"...this is an erudite book that deserves to be read. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above." P. Kivisto, Choice
"Mike Hawkins has produced a comprehensive, informative, and useful review of the emergence and development of Social Darwinism in American and European thought. He has succeeded in showing that Social Darwinism constitues a world view that is much more complex and multifaceted than is often recognized." Richard Machalek, Cithara
"We are fortunate to have this sweeping and accessible survey." Terence Hall, The Annals of the American Academy
"This new book by Mike Hawkins is valuable because it offers a clear and cogent explanation of the meaning and history of Scoial Darwinism." Larry Arnhart, Politics and the Life Sciences

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