The Racialization of the Globe: Historical Perspectives

TitleThe Racialization of the Globe: Historical Perspectives
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDikötter, Frank, Manfred Berg, and Simon Wendt
Book TitleRacism in the Modern World: Historical Perspectives on Cultural Transfer and Adaptation
PublisherBergahn Books
CityNew York

“This yellow river, it so happens, bred a nation identified by its yellow skin pigment. Moreover, this nation also refers to its earliest ancestor as the Yellow Emperor. Today, on the face of the earth, of every five human beings there is one that is a descendant of the Yellow Emperor.”¹

How do we explain the spread of racist belief systems around the globe? Before we attempt to answer this question it might be helpful to provide definitions of the terms “race” and “racism.” (JSTOR)

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