- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Libraries (March 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SI51JK
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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The rising tide of color against white world-supremacy Paperback – March 7, 2011
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Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (June 29, 1883 May 1, 1950) was an American political scientist, historian, journalist, anthropologist, eugenicist, pacifist, and anti-immigration advocate who wrote a number of books which are often cited as prominent examples of early 20th-century scientific racism. He published many unashamedly racialist books on what he saw as the peril of immigration, his most famous being The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy in 1920. In this book he presented a view of the world situation pertaining to race focusing concern on the coming population explosion among the "colored" peoples of the world and the way in which "white world-supremacy" was being lessened in the wake of World War I and the collapse of colonialism. Stoddard's analysis divided world politics and situations in to "white," "yellow," "black," "Amerindian," and "brown" peoples and their interactions. Stoddard argued race and heredity were the guiding factors of history and civilization, and that the elimination or absorption of the "white" race by "colored" races would result in the destruction of Western civilization. Like Madison Grant (see The Passing of the Great Race), Stoddard divided the white race into three main divisions: Nordic, Alpine, and Mediterranean. He considered all three to be of good stock, and far above the quality of the colored races, but argued that the Nordic was the greatest of the three and needed to be preserved by way of eugenics. Unlike Grant, Stoddard was less concerned with which varieties of European people were superior to others (Nordic theory), but was more concerned with what he called "bi-racialism," seeing the world as being composed of simply "colored" and "white" races. In the years after the Great Migration and World War I, Grant's racial theory would fall out of favor in the U.S. in favor of a model closer to Stoddard's. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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As for Europe and Anglo-America he sees a worse case where the white populations are simply overwhelmed by "peaceful penetration" of especially north and Sub-Saharan Africans. With that he sees a loss of western civilization. It seems that for a book written roughly 90 years ago he had some things pretty well reasoned out. Let me emphasize that the book is not a racist rant but mostly geopolitical. He is, however, an advocate of the contributions given us by western civilization. Some folks may find that distasteful. Still, a book worth reading.