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Demography and Degeneration: Eugenics and the Declining Birthrate in Twentieth-Century Britain

Soloway, Richard A. (Fellow, 1986-87)

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990

From the publisher's description:

Richard Soloway offers a compelling and authoritative study of the relationship of the eugenics movement to the dramatic decline in the birthrate and family size in twentieth-century Britain. Working in a tradition of hereditarian determinism which held fast to the premise that "like tends to beget like," eugenicists developed and promoted a theory of biosocial engineering through selective reproduction. Soloway shows that the appeal of eugenics to the middle and upper classes of British society was closely linked to recurring concerns about the relentless drop in fertility and the rapid spread of birth control practices from the 1870s to World War II.


Subjects: History;; Demography; Eugenics; Families; British History; Elites; Twentieth-Century;