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“A remarkable achievement, and one of the most important books ever published on this subject.”—Stephen Howe, New Statesman

“In a sweeping and ambitious survey of the concept of race from the ancient world to the 20th century, Ivan Hannaford argues that the modern notion of the term is misconstrued.”—Times Educational Supplement

“This book, the life’s work of its late author, Ivan Hannaford, sets out to trace the development of the concept of race—how and when it evolved—as we understand it today in western civilization.… The work is enormously learned, quoting liberally from authors spanning 2,500 years and packed with insightful and nuanced readings.”—David M. Goldenberg, International Journal of the Classical Tradition

Chapter List

Bernard Crick

I. Western History and Thought before Race
1. In the Beginning
2. The Ancient World
3. Transitions from Greece to Rome
4. Jews, Christians, Moors, and Barbarians
5. Monsters and the Occult
6. New Methods, New Worlds, and the Search for Origins

II. The Racialization of the West
7. The First Stage in the Development of an Idea of Race, 1684–1815
8. The Search for Historical and Biological Origins, 1815–1870
9. The Rise of the Race-State and the Invention of Antisemitism, 1870–1900
10. Race Is All, 1890–1939
11. Reactions, Retractions, and New Orthodoxies, 1920 to the Present 

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