In Germany, more than anywhere else, Darwinism was a sensational
success. Setting his analysis against the background of popular
science, Kelly follows popular Darwinism as it permeated education,
religion, politics, and social thought in Germany. He explains how
the popularizers changed Darwin's thought in subtle ways and how
these changes colored their perceptions of Darwinism. Among the
first purveyors of mass culture, the Germans provide valuable clues
as to how seminal ideas move through a society.
Originally published in 1981.
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