Mr Darwin's shooters: on natural selection and the naturalizing of genocide

@article{Barta2005MrDS,
  title={Mr Darwin's shooters: on natural selection and the naturalizing of genocide},
  author={Tony Barta},
  journal={Patterns of Prejudice},
  year={2005},
  volume={39},
  pages={116 - 137}
}
  • T. Barta
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Political Science
  • Patterns of Prejudice
Among Charles Darwin's first writings are reports on his encounters with indigenous peoples and the violence of European colonization. When he turned to evolution, the furore over mankind's place in natural history overshadowed the problem of how ‘natural selection’ might apply in human history. It was easy, in a nineteenth-century worldview, to see the disappearance of ‘savages’ as a ‘natural’ consequence of the advance of civilization. From a later perspective, colonialism often involved… 
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