A German Women's Movement: Class and Gender in Hanover, 1880-1933

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Nancy Reagin analyzes the rhetoric, strategies, and programs of more than eighty bourgeois women's associations in Hanover, a large provincial capital, from the Imperial period to the Nazi seizure of power. She examines the social and demographic foundations of the Hanoverian women's movement, interweaving local history with developments on the national level. Using the German experience as a case study, Reagin explores the links between political conservatism and a feminist ...
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Overview

Nancy Reagin analyzes the rhetoric, strategies, and programs of more than eighty bourgeois women's associations in Hanover, a large provincial capital, from the Imperial period to the Nazi seizure of power. She examines the social and demographic foundations of the Hanoverian women's movement, interweaving local history with developments on the national level. Using the German experience as a case study, Reagin explores the links between political conservatism and a feminist agenda based on a belief in innate gender differences.

Reagin's analysis encompasses a wide variety of women's organizations--feminist, nationalist, religious, philanthropic, political, and professional. It focuses on the ways in which bourgeois women's class background and political socialization, and their support of the idea of 'spiritual motherhood,' combined within an antidemocratic climate to produce a conservative, maternalist approach to women's issues and other political matters. According to Reagin, the fact that the women's movement evolved in this way helps to explain why so many middle-class women found National Socialism appealing.

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Editorial Reviews

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A sophisticated work of feminist and urban history.

Choice

A pioneering work that links the development of the women's movement to the history of the German right before 1933.

German Studies Review

Reagin's book is a major contribution to the literature on middle-class society and politics in the Kaiserreich and Weimar.

Central European History

Carefully researched and thoughtfully argued. . . . Fills a crucial gap.

American Historical Review

Reagin has made an important contribution to both German history and women's history.

Bonnie S. Anderson, coauthor of A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807822104
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy R. Reagin is assistant professor of history at Pace University in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Urban Backdrop 11
Ch. 2 Running Sewing Circles and Visiting the Poor: Women's Associations before 1890 23
Ch. 3 An Ounce of Prevention: The Tutelage of Girls' Associations 43
Ch. 4 Fighting the Spread of "Social Poisons": Domestic Science and Social Welfare Work 71
Ch. 5 The Gendered Workplace: Women, Education, and the Professions 99
Ch. 6 Clubwomen and Club Life 123
Ch. 7 The Kasernierung Campaign: Alliances and Rivalries in the Fight against Social Degeneration and Prostitution 147
Ch. 8 Feminists and Nationalists 173
Ch. 9 The Home Front 187
Ch. 10 The Women's Movement Adrift: Revolution, Inflation, and Collapse, 1919-1923 203
Ch. 11 Growth on the Right: Housewives and Nationalists, 1923-1933 221
Conclusion 249
Appendix 259
Notes 263
Select Bibliography 301
Index 317
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