The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race: A Political History of Racial Identity (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, Feb 27, 2006 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The term “Caucasian” is a curious invention of the modern age. Originating in 1795, the word identifies both the peoples of the Caucasus Mountains region as well as those thought to be “Caucasian”. Bruce Baum explores the history of the term and the category of the “Caucasian race” more broadly in the light of the changing politics of racial theory and notions of racial identity. With a comprehensive sweep that encompasses the understanding of "race" even before the use of the term “Caucasian,” Baum traces the major trends in scientific and intellectual understandings of “race” from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Baum’s conclusions make an unprecedented attempt to separate modern science and politics from a long history of racial classification. He offers significant insights into our understanding of race and how the “Caucasian race” has been authoritatively invented, embraced, displaced, and recovered throughout our history.

  

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Contents

Antecedents of European Racialism ca 10001684
22
2 Enlightenment Science and the Invention of the Caucasian Race 1684 1795
58
The Caucasian Race ca 17951850
95
4 Racialized Nationalism and the Partial Eclipse of the Caucasian Race ca 1840 1935
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5 The Color Line and the Caucasian Race Revival 1935 51
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The Caucasian Race after Decolonization 19522005
192
Race Nation and the Chechen Wars
219
Deconstructing Caucasia Dismantling Racism
234
Notes
255
Index
327
About the Author
342
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