Welcome to H-Eugenics!
I. The H-Eugenics Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.
The purpose of H-Eugenics is to provide a forum for the discussion of 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").
The anticipated audience includes all professionals, such as historians, anthropologists, biologists, medical professionals, biomedical ethicists, civil servants, elected officials, educators, and legal scholars or practitioners, who have a scholarly interest in the history of eugenics.
In submitting contributions to this forum, authors agree to the following principles, which will be applied by the H-Eugenics editorial staff and advisory board in accordance with H-NET's constitution and bylaws: Because eugenics historically contributed to some of history's most horrific prejudices, participants agree that this list should not be open to postings that promote or legitimate prejudice towards or discriminatory treatment of any group or individuals.
* Sir Francis Galton first defined the term eugenics in 1883, eventually describing it as the "the science which deals with all influences that improve the inborn qualities of a race" as well as those that "develop them to the utmost advantage." In the early twentieth century, eugenics movements thrived across the globe, in dozens of countries as diverse as Argentina, Japan, India, and Germany. Although the scope of eugenics differed from place to place, its proponents shared the belief that directing reproduction and biological selection could better, even perfect, society. H-Eugenics is devoted to understanding this history from a variety of critical perspectives and to exploring contemporary genetics and genetic technologies in light of this history, in terms of both continuity and change. We welcome respectful exchange.
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V. The H-Eugenics Network Site
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