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The Racial Characters of the Swedish Nation. Anthropologia Suecica MCMXXVI. With the Collaboration of the Staff of the Institute and other Scientists.
The Swedish State Institute for Race Biology 1926 - FIRST EDITION, various tables, charts, maps and other illustrations throughout including plate showing conference group photo with printed key to tissue-guard, 4 colour-printed full-page maps, section of 44 plates showing the various types at rear, pp. xiv, 182, 108 (Supplement) + Plates, folio, original green cloth, lettered in brown to upper board with Institute crest in same, backstrip lettered in gilt against a dark green ground, a little minor soiling with top corner of upper board slightly knocked, red sprinkling to edges, creasing to free endpapers with front endpapers showing the shadow of a folder sometime laid in, very good. The first large work of the Institute, founded at the beginning of the decade by Herman Lundborg who conducted this survey, and a fascinating document of a time when eugenic programmes were a state concern among European nations. The study looks to record, describe and classify according to physical characteristics (size and colouring), migration and settlement - with its underlying intention being to promote and propagate the Nordic type. Whilst ideas of eugenics and race biology gained momentum in the wake of the First World War, their implication in Nazi ideology leading up to and during the Second World War led to what Kildal and Kuhnle refer to as their 'total separation' from 'social democratic welfare politics' ('Normative Foundations of the Welfare State: The Nordic Experience') - Lundborg himself was removed as Head of the Institute (and replaced by Gunnar Dahlberg) because of his anti-Semitic beliefs and Germanophile tendencies. An important book, richly illustrated and the text entirely in English (the title-page refers to its distribution in Jena, London, Paris, and New York, as well as for the domestic market) - it is scarce on the market, and unusual to find copies outside libraries and free of library markings, such as this one.
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