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Anthropology and antihumanism in Imperial Germany

Author: Andrew Zimmerman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2001] ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the rise of imperialism, the centuries-old European tradition of humanist scholarship as the key to understanding the world was jeopardized. Nowhere was this more true than in nineteenth-century Germany. It was there, Andrew Zimmerman argues, that the battle lines of today's "culture wars" were first drawn when anthropology challenged humanism as a basis for human scientific knowledge. Drawing on sources  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Zimmerman
ISBN: 0226983412 9780226983417 0226983420 9780226983424
OCLC Number: 46731242
Description: ix, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Exotic spectacles and the global context of German anthropology --
Kultur and kulturkampf: the studia humanitas and the people without history --
Nature and the boundaries of the human: monkeys, monsters, and natural peoples --
Measuring skulls: the social role of the antihumanist --
A German republic of science and a German idea of truth: empiricism and sociability in anthropology --
Anthropological patriotism: the Schulstatistik and the racial composition of Germany --
The secret of primitive accumulation: the political economy of anthropological objects --
Commodities, curiosities, and the display of anthropological objects --
History without humanism: culture-historical anthropology and the triumph of the museum --
Colonialism and the limits of the human: the failure of fieldwork.
Responsibility: by Andrew Zimmerman.
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