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Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany

Andrew Zimmerman


With the rise of imperialism, the centuries-old European tradition of humanist scholarship as the key to understanding the world was jeopardized. Nowhere was this more true than in nineteenth-century Germany. It was there that the battle lines of today's “culture wars” were first drawn when anthropology challenged humanism as a basis for human scientific knowledge. Drawing on sources ranging from scientific papers and government correspondence to photographs, pamphlets, and police reports of “freak shows,” the author demonstrates how German imperialism opened the door to antihumanism. As Germa ... More

Keywords: imperialism, humanism, Germany, culture wars, anthropology, antihumanism, scientific knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226983417
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226983462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Zimmerman, author