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Racial Doctrine

Nature volume 140, page 458 (11 September 1937) | Download Citation



A NEW periodical publication with the title Races et Racisme is devoted to the record of current development in the application of theories of race to the doctrine of nationalism, with special reference to Germany (office of publication, 47 rue de Miromesnil, Paris VIIIe, price 1 fr.). Its main object is to keep the French people abreast of the progress of a movement of supreme importance in the world of to-day, upon which, it is thought, they are not sufficiently well informed. It should also prove valuable to those who desire first-hand and trustworthy information in readily accessible form of the increasing restrictions and penalties which are being imposed on freedom of thought and scientific and intellectual development in the nationalist-socialistic State. The utility of such a publication must clearly depend upon its freedom from the taint of the selective activity of the propagandist. The names which appear on the lists of the Comité de Patronage and the Comité Directeur are a guarantee that an objective impartiality will be exercised in the selection of material for publication. The lists include such well-known names as M. Gabriel Hanotaux, Prof. Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Prof. Paul Pelliot, Prof. G. Bouglé, P. Maurice Leenardt, le Comte Jean de Pange, and Prof. Paul Rivet, with Prof. E. Vermeil as one of two secretaries. Races et Racisme, of which numbers will appear at two-monthly intervals, will represent the trend of German thought in racial doctrine by verbatim reports, or full abstracts, of official documents, new laws and regulations, official pronouncements, articles and speeches of authority, as well as by analyses of books and a record of relevant events–all, as a rule, without comment, except when further explanation is considered necessary.

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