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Breeding SupermanNietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain$
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Dan Stone

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239871

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312694

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The ‘Lethal Chamber’ in Eugenic Thought

The ‘Lethal Chamber’ in Eugenic Thought

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(p.115) Chapter Five The ‘Lethal Chamber’ in Eugenic Thought
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Breeding Superman
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239871.003.0006

Proponents of eugenics in the period before World War I tackled the role of genetics in heredity. Caleb Williams Saleeby, one of the early founders of the Eugenics Education Society, wrote several books before 1914 in which he carefully steered a course between genetics and environment. Eugenicists also disagreed on the best eugenic methods to be employed in order to promote race regeneration. For example, Havelock Ellis proposed 'the extirpation of the feeble-minded classes'. This chapter, which discusses eugenics in Britain, and shows that the idea of the 'lethal chamber' was a British concern by focusing on postwar extreme-right literature such as the work of Anthony Mario Ludovici, also argues that the history of eugenics in Germany is not unique.

Keywords:   Britain, eugenics, genetics, heredity, Caleb Williams Saleeby, race regeneration, Germany, lethal chamber, Anthony Mario Ludovici, Havelock Ellis

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