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"The most systematic and comprehensive effort yet made to assess the role played by Darwinian ideas in the writings of English-speaking social theorists of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries." —Isis "In seeking to set the record straight, Bannister cuts through the amalgam with an intellectual shredder, exposing the illogic and incompatibility involved in fusing Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics.... Bannister’s familiarity with relevant texts and their reception by contemporary social theorists, scholars, and critics on both sides of the Atlantic is impressive." —Journal of Interdisciplinary History "A fine contribution to Anglo-American intellectual history." —Journal of American History

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xxxi
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  1. Introduction: The Idea of Social Darwinism
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1. The Scientific Background
  2. pp. 14-33
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  1. 2. Hushing Up Death
  2. pp. 34-56
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  1. 3. Philanthropic Energy and Philosophic Calm
  2. pp. 57-78
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  1. 4. Amending the Faith
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. William Graham Sumner
  2. pp. 97-113
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  1. 6. The Survival of the Fittest Is Our Doctrine
  2. pp. 114-136
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  1. 7. Neo-Darwinism and the Crisis of the 1890s
  2. pp. 137-163
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  1. 8. A Pigeon Fanciers' Polity
  2. pp. 164-179
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  1. 9. The Scaffolding of Progress
  2. pp. 180-200
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  1. 10. The Nietzsche Vogue
  2. pp. 201-211
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  1. 11. Beyond the Battle: The Literary Naturalists
  2. pp. 212-225
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  1. 12. Imperialism and the Warriar Critique
  2. pp. 226-242
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  1. Epilogue: From Histrionics to History
  2. pp. 243-251
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-289
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-298
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439906057
MARC Record
OCLC
650106789
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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