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Racial Studies in Italy

Nature volume 142, page 700 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



IT is announced in the Corriere della Sera of October 5 that racial doctrine is to be made part of the curriculum of Italian universities. It is to be taught to students of natural science, medicine, and biology, as well as to students of philosophy, educational theory, and literature. This innovation is made under a decree of the Minister of Education, Signor Bottai. A second course is to be devoted to study of the demographic problem. Italy has been slow in following Germany in the adoption of racial doctrine, nor, as was shown by the report of the Italian men of science on the racial question, has the doctrine been adopted entirely in the form, nor with the enthusiasm, which it has aroused in the country of its origin. The physical characters of the main element in the Italian population would naturally call for some modification, and account for the stress, which in Italy is laid on continuity of cultural history.

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