The Passing of the Great Race: Or, The Racial Basis of European History

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C. Scribner, 1916 - Ethnology - 245 pages
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Page vii - European history has been written in terms of nationality and of language, but never before in terms of race; yet race has played a far larger part than either language or nationality in moulding the destinies of men; race implies heredity, and heredity implies all the moral, social, and intellectual characteristics and traits which are the springs of politics and government.
Page 13 - There exists to-day a widespread and fatuous belief in the power of environment, as well as of education and opportunity to alter heredity...
Page 7 - Even those rulers who most abused this power put down with merciless rigor the antisocial elements, such as pirates, brigands or anarchists, which impair the progress of a community, as disease or wounds cripple an individual. True aristocracy or a true republic is government by the wisest and best, always a small minority in any population. Human society...
Page 228 - We Americans must realize that the altruistic ideals which have controlled our social development during the past century, and the maudlin sentimentalism that has made America "an asylum for the oppressed," are sweeping the nation toward a racial abyss. If the "melting pot" is allowed to boil without control, and we continue to follow our' national motto and deliberately blind ourselves to all "distinctions of race, creed, or color...
Page 4 - In the city of New York, and elsewhere in the United States, there is a native American aristocracy resting upon layer after layer of immigrants of lower races, and the native American, while, of course, disclaiming the distinction of a patrician class, nevertheless has, up to this time, supplied the leaders of thought and the control of capital, of education, and of the religious ideals and altr bias of the community.
Page 139 - It gave us, when mixed and invigorated with Nordic elements, the most splendid of all civilizations, that of ancient Hellas, and the most enduring of political organizations, the Roman State.
Page viii - The moral tendency to the hereditary interpretation of history ... is in strong accord with the true spirit of the modern eugenics movement in relation to patriotism, namely, the conservation and multiplication for our country of the best spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical forces of heredity.
Page 81 - These immigrants adopt the language of the native American; they wear his clothes; they steal his name, and they are beginning to take his women, but they seldom adopt his religion or understand his ideals...
Page 80 - Europe, contained a large and increasing number of the weak, the broken and the mentally crippled of all races drawn from the lowest stratum of the Mediterranean basin and the Balkans, together with hordes of the wretched, submerged populations of the Polish Ghettos.
Page 107 - BC we enter an entirely new period in the history of man, the Neolithic or New Stone age, when the flint implements were polished and not merely chipped. Early as is this date in European culture, we are not far from the beginnings of an elaborate civilization in parts of Asia. The earliest organized states, so far as our present knowledge goes, were the Mesopotamian empires of Accad and Sumer — though they may have been preceded by the Chinese civilization, whose origin remains a mystery, nor...

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