The Danger of Social Darwinism-Judging from the History of the 20th Century

Man Jiang


The idea of Social Darwinism was promoted by Herbert Spencer and it was quite popular until in the Second World War
to reach its summit, with hazardous impact on the human society. This paper uses quantitative approach and literature research to
discuss the danger of Social Darwinism.


Social Darwinism; Nationalism; Quantitative approach; Sociology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18282/l-e.v10i2.2319


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