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Aryan Race

 

a pseudoscientific term advanced in the mid-19th century by the authors of reactionary “theories” of race. The falsity of the term is found in the confusion of the concepts of linguistic and racial classification. In linguistics the Indo-Iranian languages are called Aryan; however, their speakers do not have common physical characteristics and do not constitute a race. The term “Aryan race” was used by the German fascists, who asserted the existence of a separate “higher” Aryan race composed mainly of Germans.

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Manned by a bizarre mix of maniacs and serious scientists, the work of the Ahnenerbe included looking for the roots of Aryanism in Tibet and Bolivia and creating a skeleton collection by choosing among live Jews, gassing them, and stripping the flesh from their bones.
To the extent that Aryanism persists in them, social fraternities represent a basic threat to democracy in the United States.
Likewise, a sense of national humiliation after the Napoleonic conquest inspired German patriotism and national feeling; but it also sowed the first seeds of Aryanism and exalted national pride.
And Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker not only praised Hitler as "a modern artist" for "a rather nice watercolor," but described Hitler's "cult of Aryanism and anti-Semitism" as "in service to his artistic ambition" and his "aesthetic sensibility" that sought "to remodel the world according to a certain aesthetic taste.
Fascists hope it means `racial', the figurative common blood of Aryanism.
The British imperialists proclaimed themselves as a "white" race, not unlike the Nazis' proclamation of Aryanism later.
What has altered the old model of prehistory in the last generation has not been Aryanism but radiocarbon dating, which has shown that the monuments of west European prehistory such as Stonehenge and the ancient temples of Malta are earlier than once imagined, and hence chronology rules out the old belief that their builders used technology imported from the eastern Mediterranean.
There is an overview of "race" as a scriptural problem, followed by chapters on the early modern period, the Enlightenment, slavery in the nineteenth century, and the development of the idea of Aryanism respectively.
A Russian Jew who fell under Nazi domination did not have the choice of converting to Aryanism.
In his carefully figured equations, the Fascists are to Jews as Southern supremacists are to Blacks; Aryanism is to humanity as Jim Crowism is to Civil Rights; Nazi Germany is to murdered citizens as the British Empire is to its Black martyrs in South Africa.
What matters is whether he may have feared he was and hence protested too much his Aryanism.