JS_211_Jan18.docx - JS 211 A History of Scientific Racism Where does the idea of racism come from Mein Kampf o What ideas about race do you see Hitler

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JS 211 1/18/18 A History of Scientific Racism Where does the idea of racism come from? Mein Kampf o What ideas about race do you see Hitler formulating? o A parallel we see is the comparison of humans and animals o That implies races=species He criticizes Pacifism: surrendering to nature, weakness. o Associates it with Jews o Leads to the destruction of civilizations Nazis were influenced by looking at race laws of America How does someone who comes out of WW1 in a liberal country write this? o Civilizations rise and fall bc races mix Genius as a hereditary thing. Not developed. It’s the Aryan race only. o Not all races can create an advanced culture the way the Aryan race The Aryan race to Hitler was German speaking Europe before it was divided into other countries. Nazism isn’t just fascist. So was Italy. What separates it is its racism. It’s unique profile and defining character. It’s Scientific racism: o Gives Nazism defining stamp o Derived internal qualities from external differences o Part of Enlightenment drive for systematic scientific inquiry This is an intellectual revolution in Europe and America based on men understanding the world they live in through rational inquiry and using mans intellect. To understand the way the world was created. This conflicts with religion. These enlightenment scientists wanted to categorize and classify plants and animals and see how evolution comes into that, too. How can we classify mankind? These questions of race come about in the 18 th because encounters with other places and peoples. Imperialism has a play. They asked why white people are more civilized? This
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