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Andrew Williams

among the liberal thinkers that we have described as being appalled by the ‘irrational’ recourse to violence for political ends. Explanations for such irrationality were often sought in science, or pseudo-science. The use and abuse of socio-biology was a key element in this, continuing a long nineteenth century tradition of eugenics and other forms of Darwinian thinking. Nearly all the thinkers of the period of the First World War make repeated allusion to racial stereotypes of ‘warlike’ and ‘peace-loving’ peoples.10 The British tended to see the Germans (or ‘Teutonic

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