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A History of Racism 2 - Fatal Impacts

The 19th Century use of racial categories as credible scientific concepts is the main focus of this episode.

This program shows how Europe’s intellectual culture at the time supplied colonialists and imperialists with a moral – indeed ‘scientific’ – imperative to claim new territories, crush resistance and impose their rule.

Science (not least the discipline of eugenics, developed by Francis Galton) offered racists the theoretical justification for Europeans to fulfil their ‘manifest destiny’ by imposing their rule over all ‘lesser breeds’. Such pseudo-science paved the way for the principle of ‘racial hygiene’, one of the ideas that would serve to justify several of the genocides of the 20th Century – including The Holocaust.

Part 1: The Color of Money
Part 3: A Savage Legacy

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