Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History

Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary

Authors: Turda, M.

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In 1900 Hungary was a regional power in Europe with imperial pretensions; by 1919 it was crippled by profound territorial, social and national transformations. This book chronicles the development of eugenic thinking in early twentieth-century Hungary, examining how eugenics was an integral part of this dynamic historical transformation.

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"This impressive study comes as a prequel to a number of other studies by the prolific historian Marius Turda, which focused on questions of race and nationalism in the history of twentieth century central Europe. If several of his previous works interrogated incisively the ideas and impact of eugenics in interwar Hungary, Romania and more broadly in the post-Hapsburg countries, this latest publication focuses on the origins of these ideas, starting roughly in 1900. Eugenics and Nation is a work of thorough research, as anyone reading Turda's earlier work has come to expect. He has scoured the relevant archives and has an excellent

command over all the languages needed to do a project like this justice." - Social History of Medicine

"In sum, [the book] discussed here represents a significant contribution on the history of eugenics and physical anthropology

in Central Europe ... In Eugenics and nation, Turda draws on an impressive amount of sources to make a strong case for the sophistication of Hungarian debates on eugenicsand the excitement around the possibilities for social and biological improvement that came along." - Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

"The history of Hungarian eugenics of course is more intricate, challenging and illuminating than that we could possibly give it justice in our short notes. Those who read Turda's superb book, can get acquainted not only with the hitherto almost completely unknown history of Hungarian eugenics, but can also acquire a very nuanced picture about the Hungarian political thinking of the interwar period. [...] It is a special merit of the author that he is capable of reflecting so sensitively on those specifically Hungarian life situations, desires, hopes, experiences and fears, which determined so tragically the fate of this branch of science and the [Hungarian] nation." - Orvostörténeti Közlemények

"[A]n important contribution to the history of eugenics ... By shifting the temporal focus of historical enquiry into eugenics and nation from the interwar era to the pre-war years, Turda skilfully demonstrates the prevalence of eugenic reasoning in nation-building on the one hand, and its importance in developing scientific answers to the manifold challenges of modern societies on the other. The book may therefore be of interest to historians of modern Hungary, historians of eugenics and historians of science and medicine who focus on national and international professional networks and the question of disciplinary boundaries." - Medical History


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eugenics and Nation in Early 20th Century Hungary
Authors
Series Title
Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29353-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137293534
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29352-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45121-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 343
Topics