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|Named Person:||Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||xxi, 184 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Myths and Misuses, Science and Society --
Pt. 1. Myths of Darwinism. 1. The Bishop Eaters: The Campaign for Darwin and On the Origin of Species. 2. Huxley and Wilberforce: The Day That Made "Darwin's Bulldog" 3. Darwin's Recantation of Evolution: Birth and Life of a Myth --
Pt. 2. Misuses of Darwinism. 4. Social Darwinism: Adapting Evolution to Society. 5. The Spanish-American War: For the Sake of Empire, not Science. 6. Eugenics: The Political Science. 7. A Veneer of Science: The Popular Press and Nazi Science. Conclusion: Myths and Misuses of Darwinism.
"In Darwinian Myths, Edward Caudill examines the ability of Darwin's theory to inspire legends, focusing particularly on the impact of social Darwinism on popular culture. This compelling testimony to the power of myth shows the ways in which, over the years, Darwin's ideas - twisted, truncated, and misapplied - have been appropriated by individuals, governments, and cultural elites to lend credibility to xenophobic, racist, and imperialist political movements and policies." "Caudill uses newspaper and magazine accounts and correspondence to trace the myth-making and promotional efforts of Darwin himself, as well as the transformation of his empirically based theory into the philosophy of social Darwinism."--BOOK JACKET.
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