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Dark vanishings : discourse on the extinction of primitive races, 1800-1930

Author: Patrick Brantlinger
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Patrick Brantlinger here examines the commonly held nineteenth-century view that all "primitive" or "savage" races around the world were doomed sooner or later to extinction. Warlike propensities and presumed cannibalism were regarded as simultaneously noble and suicidal, accelerants of the downfall of other races after contact with white civilization. Brantlinger finds at the heart of this belief the stereotype of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Brantlinger
ISBN: 0801488761 9780801488764 0801438098 9780801438097
OCLC Number: 51755871
Description: x, 248 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Aboriginal matters --
2. Pre-Darwinian theories on the extinction of primitive races --
3. Vanishing Americans --
4. Humanitarian causes: antislavery and saving aboriginals --
5. The Irish famine --
6. The dusk of the dreamtime --
7. Islands of death and the devil --
8. Darwin and after --
9. White twilights.
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Brantlinger here examines the commonly held 19th-century view that all "primitive" races around the world were doomed sooner or later to extinction.  Read more...

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