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Book: How to Do Things with Myths

Chapter: Henri Hubert Undoes Aryanist Political Myths

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44974


French Aryanist racists in Durkheim’s Third Republic sought a scientific defense of their anti-Semitism in the myth of the Aryan origins of Europeans. Hubert saw through their thinly disguised anti-Semitic ideological efforts, presented as the pseudo-science of “Anthroposociology.” In the heat of 20th -century French politics, he published a series historically-informed articles discrediting the Aryanist theories of racial superiority, by undermining their mythical bases.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ivan Strenski ([email protected] - istrenski) 'University of California Riverside (retired)'