Central European History

Book Review

From Darwin to Hitler. Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany

Helmut Walser Smith a1
a1 Vanderbilt University

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“Darwinism was a necessary, but not sufficient, cause for Nazi ideology.” This is the thesis of Richart Weikart's important, scholarly, controversial, but narrowly conceived book. Put more strongly, but within the parameters of Weikert's argument: No Darwin, no Hitler.

(Published Online April 13 2006)