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CEU Press Studies in the History of Medicine

December 12, 2011

New publication series

Building upon the academic networking promoted by the Working Group on the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE) at Oxford Brookes University, the CEU Press Studies in the History of Medicine book series promotes original works innovatively expanding upon our current understanding of medical history. Edited by Dr Marius Turda, the series published its first three volumes in 2010 and 2011, and it is hoped they will serve to further familiarise specialists and the general public alike with a new range of topics within an ever-growing field.

The history of medicine is a fast-moving topic, one which this new book series attempts to capture and disseminate among a wider audience. Innovation and improvements to existing scholarship must be manifest, not only through the international transfer of historical knowledge but also through intensified engagement with various fields towards creating a more interdisciplinary framework for scholarly debates. This book series, therefore, strives to redefine and diversify overarching debates on medical history, while offering original and timely research on neglected national case studies in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Besides the task of mediating between the local national histories and their international contexts, there is a pressing need to address the history of medicine within the framework of the entangled history of European modernity.

For further information on the series and how to submit, go to the Central European University Press website or contact the series editor, Dr Marius Turda.

Demography and Nation – Social Legislation and Population Policy in Bulgaria, 1918–1944
Svetla Baloutzova
Budapest: CEU Press, 2010

This monograph investigates the origins of Bulgarian state policies designed to control populations and manage the family. Reconstructing the evolution of state social and family welfare policies between the two World Wars, the analysis reveals how these were influenced by wider concerns about the national good and worries about demographic trends. This is an important contribution to the interdisciplinary field of social history and historical demography and a link between the ideological roots of social and population policy in the past and present.

Health, Hygiene and Eugenics in Southeastern Europe to 1945
Edited by Christian Promitzer, Sevasti Trubeta and Marius Turda
Budapest: CEU Press, 2011

This edited volume is a collection of chapters that deal with issues of health, hygiene and eugenics in Southeastern Europe (specifically, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania) to 1945. Its major concern is to examine the transfer of medical ideas among and within societies via local, national and international agencies and to trace how developments in public health, preventive medicine, social hygiene, welfare, gender relations and eugenics followed a regional pattern. As a result, this volume offers valuable insights into a region that has until recently been largely absent from the literature on the social history of medicine.

Building the New Man – Eugenics, Racial Sciences and Genetics in Twentieth-Century Italy
Francesco Cassata (Translated by Erin O’Loughlin)
Budapest: CEU Press, 2011

Based on previously unexplored archival finds, this book offers the first comprehensive overview of the history of Italian eugenics; not limited to the decades of Fascist regime, it covers from the beginning of the 1900s to the first half of the 1970s. Building the New Man discusses several fundamental themes of the comparative history of eugenics: the importance of the Latin eugenic model, the relationship between eugenics and fascism, the influence of Catholicism on the eugenic discourse, and the complex links between genetics and eugenics. It examines the Liberal pre-fascist period and the post-World War II transition from fascist and racial eugenics to medical and human genetics.

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