As soon as Mr Hermans comes to the real subject of his book, the wanderings of social Darwinism, he shows both erudition and a fluent style …

Bart Leeuwenburgh, Gewina, no. 1, 2004.

The historian Cor Hermans wrote a bulky, but highly readable and interesting thesis on social Darwinism, in which he paid most attention to what connected the social Darwinists. This was, most of all, the high value they set on the concepts of selection and, joined to it, elimination: the disposal of the socially weak.

Nederlands Dagblad, 13 February, 2004