a variety of racism; a pseudoscientific theory based on the assertion that the northern (Nordic), or Aryan, race is superior to other human races.
The French sociologists J. A. Gobineau and G. Lapouge are considered the founders of Nordicism. Apologists for nordicism equate the northern race and the “Germanic,” asserting that the latter constitutes the “highest” race, to which humanity owes all the achievements of civilization. Nordicism was used as a weapon by the “theorists” of German fascism, who made it the official ideology of Hitlerite Germany.