Biological Degeneration

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Or so went a dominant catechism of degeneration theory as it existed during late Victorian and early Edwardian Britain.
Newspapers, politicians, and public intellectuals were in general consensus that the population itself was suffering from wholesale biological deterioration. While public concern over “degeneration” pervaded the British middle class, many felt that there was a solution to this rapidly worsening (albeit imaginary) national catastrophe: the practice of eugenics, a scheme for “race betterment” that could not only reverse biological degeneration, but also, the eugenists felt, bring the biological quality of the race to new heights. Out of this climate of both cataclysmic fears and boundless optimism, the London based Eugenics

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