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Breeding: The human history of heredity, race, and sex
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Breeding: The human history of heredity, race, and sex (Hardback)

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Breeding charts more than two thousand years of ideas about the nature of sex and heredity. From the speculations of the ancient, medieval and early modern worlds to the birth of genetics in the modern age, John Waller examines how we came to solve one of the greatest of enigmas: why offspring tend to look like their parents.

But this book goes further than telling a story of scientific advance. It also explores the social and political realities which often determined how people used the concept of heredity. It reveals how, from Plato's Republic to the modern IQ and race debate, the notion that some qualities of body and mind are inborn has been used to justify the supremacy of social elites and the racist ideologies of those who have profited from slavery and colonial expansion. This is a history of

scientific developments, ideological inventions, and how the two have changed one another.

John Waller was educated at the universities of Oxford and London, and is now associate professor of the history of medicine at Michigan State University. He is the author of a number of books and articles on the history of science, medicine, and child warfare, including Fabulous Science (OUP, 2002), The Discovery of the Germ (Columbia University Press, 2005), and The Real Oliver Twist (Icon Books, 2006).

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