Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. The Inequality of the Human Races [Arthur de Gobineau] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This work was the first modern attempt to prove. Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines (An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races) (–) by Joseph Arthur Comte de Gobineau.

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Write a customer review. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The book was written after the revolution when Gobineau began studying the works of Inequalith Bichat and Johann Blumenbach.

Joseph-Arthur, Count de Gobinneauwas a French aristocratic novelist, diplomat, and theorist whose ideas greatly influenced the development of racist thought in Europe and the United States. Below these categories inequalify have appeared — and still appear.

Judaic racial typology emerged from Iranid — Nordid founders, the details considered inessential, possessors of compatibly “white” “Aryan” blood being the main point. This is an OCR edition with typos. The yellow race is the exact opposite of this type.

At the same time, they have a remarkable, and even extreme, love of liberty, and are openly hostile to the formalism under which the Chinese are glad to vegetate, as well as to the strict despotism which is the only way of governing the negro. Finally, Gobineau concedes that the scientific evidence in support of his contention that human races differ greatly and that there is a clear hierarchy from greater to lesser of races is very weak.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Gobineau does indeed argue that a master Aryan race having its origins in Central Asia provided the racial stock for all the nobilities of Europe. This is yet another reason for the rapid disappearance of the conquering races.


The Inequality of Human Races.

Attempts were made to catalogue inequlity physical characteristics of the various peoples on this planet. QUOTE “I have shown the unique place in the organic world occupied by the human species, the profound physical, as well as moral, differences separating it from all other kinds of living creatures.

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Gobineau on the inequality of races (1853)

Here especially I must be concrete. Want to Read saving…. At the same time, they have discovered reasons why they should surrender this ineauality life of theirs, that is so precious to them.

T rated it liked it Nov 22, He tends to mediocrity in everything; he understands easily enough anything not too deep or sublime. In this context it was perhaps inevitable that some thinker like Gobineau would appear to propose a theory that race was the dominant factor in human history.

The shape of the face is triangular, the nose and chin showing none of the coarse protuberances that mark the negro. Written inthis book is the “Ur Text” of European racism.

The Inequality of Human Races by Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau

The first is that a nation, which itself lacks vigour and power, is suddenly called upon to share a new and better destiny — that of the strong masters into whose hands it has glbineau this was the case with the Anglo-Saxons, when they had been subdued by the Normans. My child is yet a stranger in the world ; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years i Let two more summers wither in their pride Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

Unfortunately, the great have been lowered by the sam process; and this is an evil that nothing can balance or repair. Thus, while by their very gobinfau for civilization they collect round them the different elements in which they are to be absorbed, they are the victims, first of their original smallness of number, and then of a host of secondary causes which combine together for their destruction.


Although German antisemites focused on Jews as the enemy of the Aryan race and American racists focused on the dangers of black-white miscegenation, Gobineau had some positive, if also stereotypical, things to say about Jews and blacks and their contributions to civilization, even as he firmly maintained the superiority of whites overall. It is worth pondering how educated people, any people, thought they had reason to believe such nonsense.

He took it for granted that his readers would be familiar with all these languages. These stocks have now vanished. The forehead is wide and bony, often high and projecting.

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His intellect will always move within a very narrow circle. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Account Options Sign in. The reader will understand that I am not speaking of the political existence of a goineau of sovereignty, but of the life of a whole society, gobineaau the span of a whole civilization.

They would be right, of course, if it were true that nations could exist only in a state of well being; but we know that, like individuals, they can often go on for a long time, carrying within them the seeds of some fell disease, gobjneau may suddenly break out in a virulent form. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is the same with odours; his inordinate desires are satisfied with all, however coarse or even horrible.

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Finally, he is equally careless gbineau his own life and that of others: Michael rated it did not like it Feb 11, Rather races chose the institutions and education that are appropriate to their races. No trivia or quizzes yet. Interesting early racial tract. Biddiss Father of Racist Ideology: