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Title With and Without Galton : Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia / Nikolai, Krementsov.
Imprint Cambridge, UK : Open Book Publishers, 2018.


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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 666 pages)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (Open Book Publishers website; viewed on 2020-04-21).
Subject Florinskīĭ, V. M. (Vasilīĭ Markovich), 1833-1899. Usovershenstvovanie i vyrozhdenie chelovecheskogo roda.
Galton, Francis, 1822-1911 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Florinskīĭ, V. M (Vasilīĭ Markovich), 1833-1899. Usovershenstvovanie i vyrozhdenie chelovecheskogo roda
Galton, Francis, 1822-1911
Galton, Francis, 1822-1911.
Eugenics -- Soviet Union -- History.
Eugenics -- history.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Russia (Pre-1917)
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents Preface; List of Abbreviations; List of Illustrations; Note on Names, Transliterations, and Translations; Acknowledgments; The Faces of Eugenics: Local Mirrors and Global Reflections; I. "HYGIENIC" AND "RATIONAL" MARRIAGE; 1. The Author: Vasilii Florinskii; 2. The Publisher: Grigorii Blagosvetlov; 3. The Book: Darwinism and Social Hygiene; 4. The Hereafter: Words and Deeds; II. "BOURGEOIS" AND "PROLETARIAN" EUGENICS; 5. Rebirth: Eugenics and Marxism; 6. Resonance: Euphenics, Medical Genetics, and Rassenhygiene; 7. Afterlife: Medical Genetics and "Racial" Eugenics.
8. Science of the Future: With and Without GaltonApologia: The Historian's Craft; Notes; Index.
Summary "In 1865, British polymath Francis Galton published his initial thoughts about the scientific field that would become 'eugenics.' The same year, Russian physician Vasilii Florinskii addressed similar issues in a sizeable treatise, entitled Human Perfection and Degeneration. Initially unheralded, Florinskii's book would go on to have a remarkable afterlife in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russia. In this lucid and insightful work, Nikolai Krementsov argues that the concept of eugenics brings together ideas, values, practices, and fears energised by a focus on the future. It has proven so seductive to different groups over time because it provides a way to grapple with fundamental existential questions of human nature and destiny. With and Without Galton develops this argument by tracing the life-story of Florinskii's monograph from its uncelebrated arrival amid the Russian empire's Great Reforms, to its reissue after the Bolshevik Revolution, its decline under Stalinism, and its subsequent resurgence: first, as a founding document of medical genetics, and most recently, as a manifesto for nationalists and racial purists. Krementsov's meticulously researched 'biography of a book' sheds light not only on the peculiar fate of eugenics in Russia, but also on its convoluted transnational history, elucidating the field's protean nature and its continuing and contested appeal to diverse audiences, multiple local trajectories, and global trends. It is required reading for historians of eugenics, science, medicine, education, literature, and Russia, and it will also appeal to the general reader looking for a deeper understanding of this challenging subject."--Publisher's website
Other Author Open Book Publishers, publisher.
Other Title Paperback version : 9781783745111
Hardback version : 9781783745128