Nordic race

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Nordic race typically refers to an in traditional racial anthropologyargued subdivision of the Caucasian race. According to traditional worldviews this Germanic race is the most competent of the races as culture-creators as well as the most moral and altruistic.


Norwegian women, circa 1940[1]
Nordic family by Harald_Damsleth

Nordic people can be identified by their tall stature, blond to light brown hair, blue or blue-gray eyes, and dolichocephalic cranial index. Mixing with the Mediterranean race has produced individuals with short stature and blond hair, dark hair and blue eyes, etc. The population of this racial type has sadly been on the decline in modern times.[2]

Races of Europe

Europeans can mainly be divided into four races:

  • Nordic race (Germanic peoples, especially northern Germany and Scandinavia)
  • Alpine race (prevalent among Celts and populations of the Alps)
  • Mediterranean race (prevalent among Mediterranean and - to a lesser extent - Irish and French peoples)
  • Dinaric race (prevalent among Balkans populations)

Some eugenicists closely follow the racial classification proposed by economist William Z. Ripley in his book The Races of Europe: A Sociological Study (1899). Ripley examined correlations between geography and measurements of the human body, called anthropometric data. Using that data, Ripley classified Europeans into three distinct races, whom he called Teutonic, Alpine, and Mediterranean, based on features such as stature, eye color, and skull shape. Madison Grant made one major alteration to Ripley’s classification system, changing Ripley’s term Teutonic, a word associated with Germany, to Nordic. According to Andrew S. Winston, Grant did this to avoid anti-German sentiment of World War I, which was occurring at the time that Grant published The Passing of the Great Race.

Nordish race

The "Nordish race" is an argued race, related to the Nordic race, associated with Richard McCulloch.

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  2. Madison Grant: The Passing of the Great Race: Or, The Racial Basis of European History, 1916