By Maria Bucur
Eugenics pursuits won momentum all through japanese Europe among international Wars I and II. Maria Bucur demonstrates that the significance of the eugenics circulation in Romania rests no longer rather a lot within the contributions made to the research of technology as within the realm of nationalist ideology and social coverage making.
The thought that the standard and volume of the human species may perhaps and may be managed manifested itself via social engineering initiatives starting from reshaping gender roles and setting apart ethnic undesirables to introducing huge public healthiness measures and academic reform. Romanian eugenicists sought to manage such modernization methods as urbanization and industrialization with no curtailing them, but additionally they embraced attitudes extra generally pointed out with anti-modernists in Romanian politics and culture.
Bucur is the 1st historian to discover the function of eugenics as a reaction to the demanding situations of state- and state-building in japanese Europe. She offers a balanced overview of the interwar eugenics movement’s luck and screw ups and identifies connections and discontinuities among the flow and the post-war communist regime.
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