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Title of the Book

Armenians – Aryans. The "Blood Myth", the Race Laws of 1938 and the Armenians in Italy (978-1-63485-252-4)


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Academic Affiliations

Enrico Ferri – Prof. of Philosophy of Law

Present Position

Prof. of Philosophy of Law and History of Islamic Countries in the University Niccolò Cusano (Unicusano), Roma, Italy

Description of the Book that can be Used in a Scholarly or Scientific Journal

Several laws “in defense of the race” were enacted in Germany (1935) and successively in Italy (1938). The hypothesis of the existence of a primeval Indo-European language was assumed to be associated with a similar ancestral Aryan race. Its psycho-physical traits and characteristic vision of the world were typical of the warrior race; sense of honor, penchant for risk, willingness to emerge and respect for hierarchy were highly valued. Those were the traits that identified with the race’s primacy. In the 1930s under these somewhat frail bases, besides a number of pseudo-sciences, such as phrenology and physiognomy, and other ill-conceived theories on race, contributed to establish the criteria according to which peoples were considered or not considered Aryans or Semites. These doctrines formed the ideological background for the discrimination, segregation and persecution of entire populations and communities, like the Jews and the Roma people. The study Armenians-Aryans, The “Blood Myth”, The Race Laws of 1938 and The Armenians in Italy traces the complex framework within which the Armenian community developed in Italy and Europe, highlighting the various arguments that emerged in favor or against the inclusion of the Armenian people in the Aryan family and the historical milieu in which the debate took place.

For Whom the Book is Written

The book is above all addressed to the scholars of racism, anti-Semitism and their cultural matrixes, to the scholars of fascism and Nazism, of Armenian history and culture, especially of the 20th century and to all those who have an interest on these topics although they may not have a specialized knowledge on such matters.

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