The purpose of H-Eugenics is to provide a forum for the history of eugenics. This includes discussion of primary and secondary sources related to the history of eugenics; discussion or debate on specific aspects of the history of eugenics as they occur to list participants; ideas for books, articles, courses, or other scholarly projects on the history of eugenics; reviews of books and other scholarly literature related to the history of eugenics; and discussion of the relationship of 21st century biomedical procedures and genetic modification to eugenics ( i.e., "neo-eugenics").

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Re: Syllabi and other course assignments

I used a fair bit of material about eugenics in a graduate seminar a couple years ago on the history of evolutionary thought; I'll send a copy of the syllabus to the list editors, and am happy to share it with anybody interested. It was a very successful seminar, mostly because of the particular mix of students involved, and several students chose to focus their research paper on some aspect of the history of eugenics.

Syllabi and other course assignments

Hi all,

First, before I get to the announced subject, let me introduce myself as one of the new editors of H-Eugenics. I'm currently an assistant professor of history at Penn State Behrend. I teach courses on modern European and German history, and my first book focuses on how SS leaders selectively used eugenic ideas in order to establish a family community in the SS that would serve as the new aristocracy of the Third Reich.