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Author Zimmerman, Andrew.

Title Anthropology and antihumanism in Imperial Germany [electronic resource] / by Andrew Zimmerman.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2001.

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 364 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-356) and index.
Contents Exotic spectacles and the global context of German anthropology -- Kultur and kulturkampf: the studia humanitas and the people without history -- Nature and the boundaries of the human: monkeys, monsters, and natural peoples -- Measuring skulls: the social role of the antihumanist -- A German republic of science and a German idea of truth: empiricism and sociability in anthropology -- Anthropological patriotism: the Schulstatistik and the racial composition of Germany -- The secret of primitive accumulation: the political economy of anthropological objects -- Commodities, curiosities, and the display of anthropological objects -- History without humanism: culture-historical anthropology and the triumph of the museum -- Colonialism and the limits of the human: the failure of fieldwork.
Summary 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, Andrew Zimmerman argues, 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," Zimmerman demonstrates how German imperiali.
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Subject Anthropology -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Humanism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Science -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books -- History.
Electronic books -- History.
Other Form: Print version: Zimmerman, Andrew. Anthropology and antihumanism in Imperial Germany. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2001 9780226983424 (DLC) 2001035163 (OCoLC)46731242
ISBN 9780226983462 (electronic bk.)
0226983463 (electronic bk.)
0226983412 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226983420 (paper ; alk. paper)