Guiding Questions 10

Guiding Questions 10 - Guiding Questions(Herzl Galton Drumont Darwin There are number of difficult readings for this Tuesday We will spend a

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Guiding Questions (Herzl, Galton, Drumont, Darwin) There are number of difficult readings for this Tuesday. We will spend a considerable period in class going over them, and attempting to string them together into an overall picture. Below, I’ve attempted to give you a head start with some major themes and a few notes on some of the authors. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. (1) We are reading two massively influential authors (Herzl and Darwin) and two racists (Drumont and Galton). From another perspective, we are reading two “nationalists” (Herzl and Drumont) and two “evolutionary scientists” (Darwin and Galton). In class, we will spend a considerable period of time looking at the troublesome implications of the union in the late 19 th century between nationalism and evolutionary thought. Ideas, in other words, can be abused. (2) Notice that Herzl makes a distinction between “anti-Semitism” (against members of a race) and “anti-Judaism” (against a religion). How does Drumont’s argument understand the Jewish people? What is the source of his racism? What does he believe about the Jewish people and French nationalism? How does he understand the history of Judaism – “the Semite, a perpetual nomad,” in his words? (3) What is Herzl’s central concern? How does he reflect on the process of “assimilation”
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course HIST E102 taught by Professor Mr.jones during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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