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Race : the history of an idea in the West

Author: Ivan Hannaford
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
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"In Race, The History of an Idea in the West, Ivan Hannaford guides readers through a dangerous engagement with an idea that so permeates Western that we expect to find it, active or dormant, as an organizing principle in all societies. But, Hannaford shows, race is not a universal idea - not even and the West. It is an idea were a definite pedigree, and Hannaford traces that confused pedigree from Hesiod to the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hannaford, Ivan.
Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore, Md. : Order from the Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivan Hannaford
ISBN: 0801852226 9780801852220 0801852234 9780801852237
OCLC Number: 34046260
Description: xviii, 448 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Western history and thought before race --
In the beginning --
The ancient world --
Transitions from Greece to Rome --
Jews, Christians, Moors, and Barbarians --
Monsters and the occult --
New methods, new worlds, and the search for origins --
The racialization of the west --
The first stage in the development of an idea of race, 1684-1815 --
The search for historical and biological origins, 1815-1870 --
The rise of the race-state and the invention of antisemitism, 1870-1900 --
Race is all, 1890-1939 --
Reactions, retractions, and new orthodoxies, 1920 to the present.
Other Titles: History of an idea in the West
Responsibility: Ivan Hannaford.
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This work examines the notion of race, a prominent idea in Western thinking. But, the book argues, race is not a universal idea, not even in the West, it is an idea with a definite pedigree, and this  Read more...


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A remarkable achievement, and one of the most important books ever published on this subject. New Statesman In a sweeping and ambitious survey of the concept of race from the ancient world to the Read more...

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