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Richard Weikart
Department of History
California State University, Stanislaus

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Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany - (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Socialist Darwinism: Evolution in German Socialist Thought from Marx to Bernstein - (International Scholars Publications, 1999) - The entire book is available on-line via this link.

The Myth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Is His Theology Evangelical? (International Scholars Publications, 1997)


"The Role of Darwinism in Nazi Racial Thought," German Studies Review 36 (2013): 537-556.

"A History of the Impact of Darwinism on Bioethics," in 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Impact of Contemporary Thought and Culture, ed. Mark Richard Wheeler (San Diego State University Press, 2011), pp. 91-109.

"So Many Different Dietrich Bonhoeffers," Trinity Journal 32 NS (2011): 69-81.

"Was Darwin or Spencer the Father of Laissez-Faire Social Darwinism?" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (special issue on social Darwinism) 71 (2009): 20-28.

"Progress through Racial Extermination: Social Darwinism, Eugenics, and Pacifism in Germany, 1860-1918," German Studies Review 26 (2003): 273-94.

"Darwinism and Death: Devaluing Human Life in Germany, 1860-1920," Journal of the History of Ideas 63 (2002): 323-344.

"Laissez-Faire Social Darwinism and Individualist Competition in Darwin and Huxley," The European Legacy 3 (1998): 17-30.

"A Recently Discovered Darwin Letter on Social Darwinism," Isis 86 (1995): 609-11.

"Marx, Engels, and the Abolition of the Family," History of European Ideas 18 (1994): 657-672.

"The Origins of Social Darwinism in Germany, 1859-1895," Journal of the History of Ideas 54 (1993): 469-488.

"Scripture and Myth in Dietrich Bonhoeffer," Fides et Historia 25 (1993): 12-25.


Was Hitler Influenced by Darwinism?

Metaxas's Counterfeit Bonhoeffer (2010)

"Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?" (2004)

"Killing Them Kindly: Lessons from the Euthanasia Movement" (2004)

"The Roots of Hitler's Evil" (2001)

"The Dehumanizing Impact of Modern Thought" (2008)


"From Darwin to Hitler: Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?" (2004)

GERMAN HISTORY SOURCES - a sourcebook to use in courses on Modern Germany

Webpage last edited by Richard Weikart in March 2013.