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It continues to be republished in the USA.

Scholars were studying Sanscrit to see if it was the first language and from there develop a theory of the evolution of human language. The principal motive is honour, which under various names has played an enormous part ineqhality the ideas of goibneau race from the beginning. I have shown the unique place in the organic world occupied by the human species, the profound physical, as well as moral, differences separating it from all other kinds of living creatures.

Gobineau on the inequality of races (1853)

On the other hand, the immense superiority of the white peoples in the whole field of the intellect is balanced by an inferiority in the intensity of their sensations.

I need hardly gobinau that the word honour, together with all the civilizing influences connoted by it, is unknown to govineau the yellow and the black man. Only when it is mixed with some other can it even be initiated into one.

Don’t have a Kindle? Henceforth, as the nation grows, whether by war or treaty, its racial character changes more and more. One or other of two destinies is inevitable.


Further, when the quantity of white blood was increased to an indefinite amount by successive infusions, and not inequxlity a single admixture, it no longer carried with its natural advantages, and often merely increased the confusion already existing in the racial elements. Burnett Henry Hotze, Confederate Propagandist: It is by early 21st century standards considered dangerous and certainly at a minimum politically incorrect.

Even if you believe in white racial superiority, which I don’t, It is badly written.

The white race are, further, distinguished by an extraoridinary attachment to life. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Jan 28, Mr.

The Inequality of Human Races – Arthur comte de Gobineau – Google Books

I was curious as to why this was such a ‘must read’ books for people who hold the modern delusion for what else can we call a such a mass rejection of science and reality, if not delusional? Gobineau was very much a product of his time.

Judaic racial typology emerged from Iranid — Nordid founders, the details considered inessential, possessors of ggobineau “white” “Aryan” blood being the main point. If there is any element of life in these ten civilizations raxes is not due to the impulse of the white races, any juman of death that does not come from the inferior stocks that mingled with them, then the whole theory on which this book rests is false.

In general, Gobineau considers the Bible to be a reliable source of actual history, and he was not a supporter of the idea of polygenesis. After a short time, we might truly say that a distinction of castes takes the place of the original distinction of races. He does not dream or theorize; he invents little, but can appreciate and take over what is useful to him. However extravagant his ideas may have been, Gobineau demonstrated considerable erudition. It is the same with odours; his inordinate desires are satisfied with all, however coarse or even horrible.


They are not known in historical times at all, and we cannot form even the inequallity general idea of their qualities. Races only begin to change their institutions after they have allowed metissage racial intermingling to undermine their purity. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Jeff Bowersox Here especially I must be concrete. I call them secondary types, as I think myself obliged to omit all discussion of the Adamite man.

Interesting early racial tract. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reading Gobineau’s pseudoscientific justification for a racial hierarchy that postures the “white race” as the gaces class is a challenging journey in itself.

Essay on the Inequality of Human Races

It can and should be read with full knowledge of its terrible Twentieth Century consequences. As soon as further elements are added, the vast difficulty of harmonizing the whole creates a state of anarchy.

Good Read for all races.