The evolution of eugenics in Germany between the 1870s and 1920s is a stain on the fabric of world history. It is important to evaluate the factors that instigated, justified and propagated a movement with such a disastrous conclusion. Genetics could have developed along an entirely less controversial trajectory if it were not for the socioeconomic pressures emerging from industrialization. The eugenics movement in Germany was the scientific institution instated to satisfy the social currents of imperialism and social Darwinism prevalent among the upper class. These social doctrines used eugenics as a tool to justify the subordination of a sector of humanity.

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