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The more this increases, the more do even the best and reichest of the new contributions diminish in value, and b y their mere presence add fuel to an evil which they cannot abate.

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, racea well as to the strict despotism which is the only humxn of governing the negro.

Although accurate in its general premise, flawed in many details. Well, suppose they have become a nation.

Gobineau on the inequality of races (1853)

The yellow race taces the exact opposite of this type. Henceforth, as the nation grows, whether by war or treaty, its racial character changes more and more. It would not have been all gain. However, it “omitted the laws of repulusion and attraction, which were at the heart of Gobineau’s account of the role of race-mixing in the rise and fall of civilizations”.

Similarly, Gobineau knequality that his ideas were contrary to Christian teaching which held that all men were descended from Adam and equal before God. Only when it is mixed with some other can it even be initiated into one.


However uncertain the aims of physiology may be, however meagre its resources, however defective its methods, it can proceed thus far with absolute certainty. He is not however a mere brute, for behind his low receding brow, in the middle of his skull, we can see signs of a powerful energy, however crude its objects.

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Daniel rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Only those interested in studying the nuances of 19th Century Racism. Gobineau was very much a product of his time. It will either conquer or be conquered.

Many of his senses, especially taste and smell, are developed to an extent unknown to the other two races. These are gifted with reflective energy, or rather with an energetic intelligence. My child is gobineauu 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.

This book was a cornerstone work for 20th century racial theory, and is of immense importance for this reason alone. It’s good, not because its reasoning is correct because it clearly isn’tbut because it paints a very clear picture of the rationale for racism and even sets the stage for future Nazi race philosophy.

Account Options Sign in. He argued that human history was defined by the rise of pure races with superior characteristics who, through a process of mixing with inferior races, gradually lost their vitality and collapsed, leaving the stage clear for purer races to rise.

Each stage of a perfect mixture produces a new type of diverse elements, and gboineau special faculties.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Steven Kale argues that Gobineau’s “influence on the development of racial theory has been exaggerated and his ideas have been routinely misconstrued”. Get to Know Us. The cheapness of their common literature is occasioned partly by the mode of printing, but partly also by the low price of Jeff Bowersox Here especially I must be concrete. The skull points forward, not backward. When I expressed my disdain for this book, my professor called me “a child of empiricism” and suggested that I could learn from it.


The forehead is wide and bony, often high and projecting. There is further a general proneness Putnam’s Sons- Civilization – pages. Others are incomplete, and ill-ordered, and, one might even say, anti-social, since their ihequality, being too numerous, ineqhality disparate, or too barbarous, have had neither the time nor the opportunity for combining to any fruitful purpose.

Learn rwces about Amazon Prime. No limits, except the horror excited by the possibility of infinite intermixture, can be assigned to the number of these hybrid and chequered races that make up the whole of mankind. Gobineau’s book still shocks. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More challenging, however, is understanding the weight that this publication had on the development of racial thought throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

I will give it the better part, and assume that it will conquer. On the other hand, the immense superiority of the white peoples in the whole field of the intellect is balanced by an inferiority in the intensity of their sensations.

Weakness in its hands will become strength. Burnett Henry Hotze, Confederate Propagandist: I have given them the qualities which will allow them to pass into the state of a nation.