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Author Cassata, Francesco.

Title Building the new man : eugenics, racial science and genetics in twentieth-century Italy / Francesco Cassata ; translated by Erin O'Loughlin
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 428 pages)
Series CEU Press studies in the history of medicine ; v. 3
CEU Press studies in the history of medicine ; v. 3
Summary Based on previously unexplored archival documentation, this book offers the first general overview of the history of Italian eugenics, not limited to the decades of Fascist regime, but instead ranging from the beginning of the 1900s to the first half of the 1970s. Discusses several fundamental themes of the comparative history of eugenics: the importance of the Latin eugenic model; the relationship between eugenics and fascism; the influence of Catholicism on the eugenic discourse and the complex links between genetics and eugenics. It examines the Liberal prefascist period and the postWW2 transition from fascist and racial eugenics to medical and human genetics. As far as fascist eugenics is concerned, the book provides a refreshing analysis, considering Italian eugenics as the most important casestudy in order to define Latin eugenics as an alternative model to its AngloAmerican, German and Scandinavian counterparts. Analyses in detail the naturenurture debate during the State racist campaign in fascist Italy (1938-1943) as a boundary tool in the contraposition between the different institutional, political and ideological currents of fascist racism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Eugenics -- Italy -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author O'Loughlin, Erin.
ISBN 128325672X
1461903165 (electronic bk.)
9639776890 (electronic bk.)
9781461903161 (electronic bk.)
9789639776890 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Molti, sani e forti. English