Catholicism, Race and Empire: Eugenics in Portugal, 1900-1950

October 21, 2014

“Catholicism, Race and Empire: Eugenics in Portugal, 1900–1950” by Richard Cleminson is the 5th volume in the CEU Press Studies in the History of Medicine that brings to light an eugenics movement hitherto unstudied. The author argues that three factors limited the impact of eugenics in Portugal: a low level of institutionalization, opposition from Catholics and the conservative nature of the Salazar regime.

“Catholicism, Race and Empire: Eugenics in Portugal, 1900–1950 by Richard Cleminson is a pioneering work that provides an extensive and wide-ranging account of eugenics in Portugal. To date, this subject has been addressed only by some brief examinations of specific aspects of a history that are revealed fully in this work. The book is informative and rigorous and will become a reference point of unquestionable significance for the on-going task of international comparative research in the history of eugenics,”  Antonio Fernando Cascais, assistant professor in the Communication Sciences Department at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa praised the book.

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