|8 Dec 2022|
|Written by Charlotte Christie|
BAD BLOOD: THE DARK HISTORY AND TROUBLING PRESENT OF EUGENICS
How did an obscure academic idea pave the way to the Holocaust within just fifty years? Why does eugenics still loom large in the twenty-first century, despite its genocidal past? Did eugenics work? Could it work? Or was it always a pseudoscientific fantasy? Population control has been attempted in every country for thousands of years. But in the Victorian era, in the shadow of Darwin's ideas about evolution, a new full-blooded attempt to impose control over unruly biology began to grow. Science-writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford will expose attempts by the powerful throughout history to impose control upon reproduction and will unpick one of the defining - and most destructive - ideas of the twentieth century.