Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Gobineau, Count Arthur De

French diplomat, historian and orientalist who expanded on the earlier work of Niebuhr on national character; for Gobineau, ‘the racial question overshadows all other questions of history. it holds the key to them all, and... the inequality of the races from whose fusion a people is formed is enough to explain the whole course of its destiny’, found in The Inequality of Human Races (1853). Gobineau thought that most races were not capable of civilization. The first influential writer concerned with social selection.

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