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The Persistence of Race

Continuity and Change in Germany from the Wilhelmine Empire to National Socialism

Edited by Lara Day, Oliver Haag
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Oct 2017
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm
ISBN-10: 1785335944
ISBN-13: 9781785335945
Barcode No: 9781785335945
Race in 20th-century German history is an inescapable topic, one that has been defined overwhelmingly by the narratives of degeneracy that prefigured the Nuremberg Laws and death camps of the Third Reich. As the contributions to this innovative volume show, however, German society produced a much more complex variety of racial representations over the first part of the century. Here, historians explore the hateful depictions of the Nazi period alongside idealized images of African, Pacific and Australian indigenous peoples, demonstrating both the remarkable fixity race had as an object of fascination for German society as well as the conceptual plasticity it exhibited through several historical eras.

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"This is an impressively coherent and highly engaging volume. Although it covers ostensibly well-trodden ground, it offers numerous insights and makes thought-provoking connections into a variety of fields in which 'race' is significant. Each chapter offers a stimulating read and provides much food for thought." * Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London