East Baltic race

The East Baltic race is one of the subcategories of the Europid (Caucasian) race into which it was divided by biological anthropologists and scientific racists in the early 20th century. Such racial typologies have been rejected by modern anthropology for several reasons, especially since the rise of molecular anthropology.[]

The term East Baltic race was coined by the anthropologist Rolf Nordenstreng, but was popularised by the race theorist Hans F. K. Günther. It was characterized as "short, short-headed, broad-faced, with heavy, massive under-jaw, chin not prominent, flat, rather broad, short nose with low bridge; stiff, light (ash-blond) hair; light (grey or whitish blue) eyes, standing out; light skin with a greyish undertone."[]

The American Eugenics Society described East Baltic people as being Mongolized.

The Nazi philologist declared the East Baltic race to be the main source of German Romanticism. Also in the Third Reich the philologist wrote that Ludwig Tieck's Romanticism might have been promoted by his possible Slavic heritage, referring to the American biographer 's theory, that Tieck's grandmother was Russian.

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