Eugenics and Ethnic Cleansing

Eugenics and Ethnic Cleansing - Comparing Eugenics and...

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Comparing Eugenics and Ethnic Cleansing The school of eugenics today calls to mind mentally handicapped victims strapped to doctors’ operating tables, having their tubes tied as governments coolly pass the legislation that makes this possible. In truth, the idea is much more multifaceted than this; it does not only encompass forced sterilization and associated horrors. As Mazower points out in his book Dark Continent , there exists a positive and a negative pole to eugenics (Mazower 77). This is not to say “positive” with regard to morals or to achieving goals; the positive side of eugenics involves the encouragement of certain, “choice” people procreating. Certainly, we can see that this bears little resemblance to ethnic cleansing. Whether or not it relates to ethnicity, a state rewarding the healthy, ideal people for passing on their genes does not fit into the same category as a purging of an ethnic group. Positive eugenics fits more into a schema for shaping the populace. It is an investment for the future of the nation, and the fact that it has no direct impact on the current ethnic makeup is
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This essay was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 150W taught by Professor Frusetta during the Fall '07 term at William & Mary.

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