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Nationality and Race from an Anthropologist's Point of View

Being the Robert Boyle lecture delivered before the Oxford university junior scientific club on November 17, 1919

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Author: Arthur Keith
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,661 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.2
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 491
Added to site: 2010.02.24 26771
Genres: Non-fiction, Essays

nthropologist's point of view the northern experiment is the successful one.

We have been glancing at the national and racial problems of the American continent and we ought now to pass on to note the form in which they are presented to us by Australasia. Before passing on, however, there is one very important aspect of the southern or Iberian experiment which we must consider now because it throws light on the path along which I want to lead you. Why did the racial barrier between Iberian and Indian break down? Was it because the Iberian did not possess--was not influenced by--a sense of race-caste such as we have seen to dominate the Nordic colonist? I believe that race-caste or race-prejudice is and has been a more potent force in the Nordic than in the Iberian stock. The Iberian people are near neighbours of the African races; in physique they are differentiated from the African stocks in a somewhat less degree than the Nordic stocks which represent the utmost point in the physical specialization o



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