Gobineau on China: Race Theory, the "Yellow Peril," and the Critique of Modernity

  title={Gobineau on China: Race Theory, the "Yellow Peril," and the Critique of Modernity},
  author={Gregory Blue},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  pages={139 - 93}
  • Gregory Blue
  • Published 24 February 2005
  • Art
  • Journal of World History
Histories of racist thought tend to give only incidental treatment to the depiction of China in modern race theory. Meanwhile, scholarship on Western views of China frequently alludes to anti-Chinese racism but rarely analyzes high-brow race theory. This article aims to contribute to the understanding of both racist thought and Western views of China by examining the notions about China elaborated by Arthur de Gobineau, one of the leading race theorists of the nineteenth century. Gobineau's… 

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