Anthrophologie der Naturvölker
The intention of the Marburg philosopher, psychologist and pedagogue Theodor Waitz (1821-1864) in his last great work (1859-72) was to educate and to fight against widespread prejudice, especially biological and racial prejudice. This gives a contemporary relevance to the six volumes which Waitz was unable to finish himself, but which were completed by his friend and pupil the geographer Georg Gerland. This was the first synthesis of ethnographical knowledge in the mid-19th century based on a truly critical analysis of the sources, containing a wealth of detailed observation which, due to the rapid cultural changes which occurred soon after as a result of colonialism, missionary activity and the world economy, remains an invaluable source-book today. Waitz understood his anthropology as synthesis of the sciences and humanities with a common goal for all humanity.