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The Races of Britain: A Contribution to the Anthropology of Western Europe. A complete overview of the racial and sub-racial makeup of the British Isles written by Britain’s foremost anthropologist, using skull and hair/eye colour combinations as a primary means of measure.
Through cross-testing with the European continent, this work reveals that the original inhabitants of Britain had been dark-haired and dark-eyed, and that the “greater part of the blond population of modern Britain derive their ancestry from the Anglo-Saxons and Scandinavians.”
Furthermore, the author found, the “proportion of English and Scotch blood in the present inhabitants of Ireland is probably not much less than a third.”
The author also found that dark-haired population was re-occupying Britain by a “reflux migration” and that their numbers would steadily increase over time.
His conclusions have since been verified by DNA testing, which serves as a testament to the thoroughness of his research.
This is a valuable work which serves as a testament to the original make-up of the British people, and will serve as beacon of the past pointing into the future as mass Third World immigration changes the racial make-up of Britain in the present-day.
Classic European anthropology at its best.
III. BRITAIN BEFORE CIESAR AND CLAUDIUS, ETC. Languages of the Britons—Ethnological position of the Belgae—The Monument of Jovinus—Vanderkindere’s statistics, and my own—Trèves and the Galatians—The Coranied and Coritavi—The Caledonians—The Firbolg—The Lloegrians and Iberians—Gaels in Great Britain—The Brythons—Summary.
VII. THE DANISH PERIOD. Classification of the Scandinavian settlements and operations—Numbers of the invaders—The Danelagh—Western settlements—Ethnological history of Southern Cambria and the Isle of Man—Infiltration elsewhere—Saxonization of the West of England—The “Dunsetas”—The Welsh Marches—The Scandinavian elements and history in Scotland and Ireland.
VIII. THE NORMANS. Racial character of the Norman immigration and of the populations which supplied it—Difference between the ruling and subordinate classes in Normandy—The Bretons, “French,” and Flemings.
XII. SUBSEQUENT MIGRATIONS. Decline of the Scandinavians in Ireland—Anglo-Norman and English invasions and colonizations therein—Evidence of surnames as to proportion of “Celtic” and ” Saxon” blood—Remains of the Norsemen in the Hebrides, &c.—The modern Irish immigration into Scotland—The Huguenots and Palatines—Immigration of Scotch-men, Irishmen, and Welshmen into England its amount and distribution.
XIII. PREFACE TO THE TABLES AND MAPS, CONSIDERATIONS ON METHODS OF COMPUTATION, AND OF DIVISION OF TYPES Military Statistics, and Schedules of Eye and Hair-colour—Comparison and contrast thereof with those of the Anthropometric Committee—General correspondence of the former with those of the Author—Characteristics of the descendants of Irish immigrants into Great Britain—Brief notices of other Tables.
XIV. GENERAL COMMENTARY ON THE TABLES. Natives of the different Scotch islands, description and origin of—Highlanders, difficulty of classifying, owing to their being a heterogeneous race ; description of their central type; the dolicephalous and brachycephalous Celt—The red-haired Gael and the Iberian—The Angles and Anglo-Danes in Scotland—Mental and moral attributes of the Southern Scots—Northumberland and Berwick strongly Anglian—Durham, old race Anglian and Danish—Yorkshire: North and East Ridings, Anglo-Danish—A clear and distinct moral type found in Yorkshire: description of—Ethnology of North Lancashire, Northumberland and Cumberland—Nottingham-shire and Lincolnshire Anglo-Danish Counties: description of Danish type by Macintosh—Derbyshire, physical type Anglian—East Staffordshire Anglian, but not Danish—Leicestershire colonized by Danes, but retains many of the dark pre-Anglian stock—Ethnology of Midland and South-midland Counties of Essex, Middlesex, Kent and Surrey—Isle of Wight, type Jutic—New Forest, primitive population remaining—Devonshire, ethnology of; singular beauty of the women—Cornwall, description of natives—West of England, including Bristol, population of—Wales, description of physical and moral characteristics of natives ; not a homogeneous race—Ireland has one distinct type, easy of description—Physiognomy dependent on form of skull—Description of local sub-types and their probable origin —A numerical expression of the complexions or colour of the skin in several parts of the British Islands.
FINAL. CONCLUSIONS AND INCONCLUSIONS. Value of the index of nigrescence—General estimate of the result of great ethnological movements—The tendency of the darker races to swamp the blond Teutons of England by a reflux migration—A short enumeration of ethnological points of great interest which still remain unsettled—Aim in writing, and conclusion.
About the author: John Beddoe (1826–1911) was a medical doctor, anthropologist and international scholar. He was a foundation member (1857) of the Ethnological Society, president of the Anthropological Society, 1869–70, and of the (Royal) Anthropological Institute, 1889–91. Beddoe was made Officier (Ire classe) de I’lnstruction Publique, France, in 1890, and he was a member of the chief continental anthropological societies. In 1908 the University of Bristol elected him honorary professor of anthropology.
317 pages. Paperback. Exact reproduction of the original.
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