The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race: A Political History of Racial Identity

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NYU Press, 27 feb. 2006 - 342 páginas
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The term “Caucasian” is a curious invention of the modern age. Originating in 1795, the word identifies both the peoples of the Caucasus Mountains region as well as those thought to be “Caucasian”. Bruce Baum explores the history of the term and the category of the “Caucasian race” more broadly in the light of the changing politics of racial theory and notions of racial identity. With a comprehensive sweep that encompasses the understanding of "race" even before the use of the term “Caucasian,” Baum traces the major trends in scientific and intellectual understandings of “race” from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Baum’s conclusions make an unprecedented attempt to separate modern science and politics from a long history of racial classification. He offers significant insights into our understanding of race and how the “Caucasian race” has been authoritatively invented, embraced, displaced, and recovered throughout our history.

 

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Índice

Antecedents
22
Enlightenment Science and the Invention
58
Racialized Nationalism and the Partial Eclipse
118
The Color Line and the Caucasian Race
162
The Caucasian Race
192
Race Nation
219
Deconstructing Caucasia
234
Notes
255
Index
327
About the Author
342
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Bruce Baum is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

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