Olufemi Oluniyi tells the story of Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, who, guided by Social Darwinism, “sought to produce a race of super-soldiers for Stalin’s army.”
Social Darwinism rests like a tiger moth on Darwinism, its mother theory; when challenged with facts, it just flits to a slightly different position.
Missing from Chinua Achebe’s account is the role played by scientific racism in driving British imperialist policy in the country.
The Belgian human zoo sounds exactly like the St. Louis equivalent just a few years later.
On the book’s 150th anniversary, a prestigious journal is catching up with Darwin critics.