This work by one of Germany's foremost racial thinkers was first published in 1927. The author provides an oversight of race, defines five different European races and their physical and mental characteristics. Other topics include non-European racial influences, the effect of environment, inheritance and racial mixture. It then discusses the distribution of these races. The longest part of the book is taken up with a referenced overview of European racial history, with a strong emphasis on the role played by Nordics. Finally he looks at the future racial situation in Europe. Although this book displays the Nordicist sentiment common at the time, it contains many eye-opening revelations and theories, including a claim that the original homeland of the Nordic race was North Western Europe, and that Sweden is the most Nordic country on earth, whereas Germany was only 55% Nordic. A fascinating historical document and provides a remarkable insight into pre-World War II German racial thought.
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Hans Friedrich Karl Günther (1861–1968) taught at the universities of Jena, Berlin, and Freiburg, writing numerous books and essays on racial theory. In 1931 he was appointed to a new chair of racial theory at Jena and in 1935, became professor at the University of Berlin, teaching race science, human biology and rural ethnography. From 1940 to 1945 he was the professor at Albert Ludwigs University. After World War II, Günther interned for three years before being released without charge. After the war, he continued to publish on eugenics and race.
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Book Description lulu.com, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 242 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.61 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1471724778