Essay on the Inequality of Human Races: Arthur de Gobineau: (–55; Essay on the Inequality of Human Races), that was by far his most influential work. by Arthur de Gobineau, translated by Adrian Collins des races humaines (An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races) (–) by. With an Introductory Essay on Count Gobineau’s Life-Work by Dr. Oscar Levy. One Vol. THE INEQUALITY OF HUMAN RACES BY ARTHUR DE GOBINEAU.

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It treats both kinds with equal con- tempt ; and as it sees obstacles to its own progress in everything that is different from itself, it is apt to demand a complete change in its subjects’ point of view. I quite agree that societies perish because they are degenerate, and for no other reason.

Only those interested in studying the nuances of 19th Century Gobineu.

This new edition has been completely reset and contains all the original text. They would be right, of course, if it were true that nations could exist only in a state of well being; but we know that, like individuals, they can often go on for a long time, carrying within them the seeds inequalitu some fell disease, which may suddenly break out in a virulent form.

It is, however, in modern times especially that we find examples of institutions imposed by a conqueror and not accepted by his subjects. It will behave in such a way that, in the words of Scripture, it will be magnified in the sight of men.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: There is further a general proneness There are some peoples who are, as we know positively, of mixed origin, but who keep their feeling for the clan to an extraordinary degree. That wisdom tells us nothing definite as to the ways in which the Divine will moves in order to compass the death of peoples ; it is, on the contrary, driven to consider these ways as essentially mysterious.

They are not og in historical times at all, and we cannot form even the most general idea of their qualities. All food is good in his eyes, nothing disgusts or repels him. Gobineau’s ideas found an audience in the United States and in German-speaking areas more so than in France, becoming the inspiration for a host of racial theories, for example those of Houston Stewart Chamberlain. This is yet another reason for the rapid disappearance of the conquering races.


From the very day when the conquest is accomplished and the fusion begins, there appears a noticeable change of quality in the blood of the masters.

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I wish I could show myself as indulgent to the use that the authors of the eighteenth century have made of the theory. He took it for granted that his readers would be familiar with all these languages. Their influence is, of course, very great ; they preserve gaces special genius of the nation, they mark out the road on which it is to travel, the end at which it must aim. Unfortunately, the great have been lowered by the sam process; and this is gobinaeu evil that nothing can balance or repair.

Gobineau on the inequality of races (1853)

This book was a cornerstone work for 20th century racial theory, and is of immense importance for this reason alone. Thus mankind lives in obedience to two laws, one of repulsion, the other of attraction ; these act with different force on different peoples. They are effects, not causes. We might even say that the violence with which he pursues the object that has aroused his govineau and inflamed his desires is a guarantee of the desires being soon satisfied and the object forgotten.

inequaligy The older the Roman o became, the greater was the part played by the army. If you wish to ap- proach a high official in this country, you find yourself being introduced to a gigantic negro lying on his back, on a wooden bench. Their theory has furnished them with arms against all principles of government, which they have reproached in turn with tyranny, fanaticism, and corruption. Artistic genius, which is equally foreign to each hukan the three great types, arose only after the intermarriage of white and black.

The outward form or inner meaning of the creed may have changed ; but we shall always find some Gallic Teutates making way for the Roman Jupiter, Jupiter for the Christian God, without any interval of unbelief, in exactly the same way as the dead give up their inheritance huamn the living. In order, then, to bring their neophytes to the adult stage, they treated them like children, and gave them a despotic government, which was as dd in its real aims, as it was mild and gracious in its outward appearance.

He ridiculed the Carthaginian settler, and pretended to be able to pick him out among a thou- sand for his litigious character and his want of faith. By the mere fact of its wants and powers increasing, it inevitably finds itself in contact with other similar associations, and by war or peaceful measures succeeds in incorporating them with itself. Tomislav rated it it was ok Jun 18, How and why is a nation’s vigour lost? The first is fully respected only by those races which can never raise themselves above the elementary completeness of the tribal life, while the power of the second, on the contrary, is the more absolute, as the racial units on which it is exercised are more capable of development.


If he deigns to open his mouth, he will roll jnequality out all the commonplaces which the newspapers have been inflicting on us for the last half-century. Rhe civilization was never more brilliant, its industry more productive, its influence abroad more incon- testable.

The hazard of war cannot destroy the life of a people. Why tbe, in the course of the ages, has he not invented printing or steam power? In the North the methods were different, but the results just as negative. Their greatest pleasure is idleness ; their most cogent argument is murder.

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Arthur comte de Gobineau. Aug 28, Roy Mor added it. However uncertain the aims of physiology may be, however meagre its resources, however defective its methods, it can proceed thus far with absolute certainty. Is not this very tenacity a wonderful characteristic of this branch of the human race, and the more precious because most of the societies which have existed, or still humaj, in the world seem to be humann it? Now that it has grown, it has only two possibilities.

Even if a certain number of races, themselves perhaps not very far advanced on the ladder of civilization, have passed through this stage, we cannot properly regard this as a general rule. Inequxlity strength, in fact, seemed to be its only remaining quality, and even its strength served only to promote disorder.

I sincerely hope that no intelligent reader will overlook this sceptical attitude of Gobineau towards religion, because that is a point of great importance at the present time, when our faith will certainly thrive again on gobineaj misfortune, which, by the pro- pagation of slave-values, it indirectly has caused.