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Faces of Degeneration : A European Disorder, c.1848-1918 - Daniel Pick

Faces of Degeneration

A European Disorder, c.1848-1918

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Published: 8th November 1993
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This book investigates the specific conception and descent of a language of "degeneration" from 1848 to 1918, with particular reference to France, Italy, and England. The author shows how in the refraction and wake of evolution and naturalism, new images and theories of atavism, "degenerescence" and socio-biological decline emerged in European culture and politics. He indicates the wide cultural and political importance of the idea of degeneration, while showing that the notion could mean different things at different times in different places. Exploring the distinctive historical and discursive contexts in France, Italy, and England within which the idea was developed, the book traces the profound complex of political issues to which the concept of degeneration gave rise during the period from the revolutions of 1848 to the First World War and beyond.

'Pick has made a remarkable contribution here to a comparative understanding of degeneration theory and suggested new ways to study the spread and meaning of medical culture.' Robert A. Nye, Medical History 'An account of Faces of Degeneration would demand another book, which would never be as good as the one Pick has written.' Eugen Weber, Times Literary Supplement ' ... essential intellectual historical background for the history of anthropology in the later 19th century.' George Stocking, American Ethnologist 'Dr Pick's study makes a distinguished addition to CUP's series 'Ideas in Context'. Granted the standards already established it would be difficult to offer higher praise.' Michael Biddis, French History

Prefacep. vii
Notes on the textp. viii
Contextsp. 1
France
Degenerescence and revolutionp. 37
Zola's prognosisp. 74
The wake of degenerescencep. 97
Italy
Lombroso's criminal sciencep. 109
England
Fictions of degenerationp. 155
Crime, urban degeneration and national decadencep. 176
Concluding remarksp. 222
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780521457538
ISBN-10: 052145753X
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th November 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41