Elections, Mass Politics and Social Change in Modern Germany: New Perspectives

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This collection of essays presents the most recent work on Germany's stormy and problematic encounter with mass politics from the time of Bismarck to the Nazi era. The authors--sixteen scholars from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany--consider this problem from novel and sometimes surprising viewpoints. The history of elections, narrowly conceived, is abandoned in favor of a broader inquiry into roots of German political loyalties and their relationship to the historic cleavages of class, gender, language, religion, generation and locality. The essays not only present archival findings, but they also pursue more theoretical or conjectural paradigms, and raise new questions. Collectively, the authors explore the twin problems of electoral politics and social dislocation with language that is intentionally familiar, inventive, and allusive all at once--in a sense reflecting the Germans' own unfinished search for political consensus and social stability.
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"This well-produced and thoughtfully editied collection comprises the majority of contributions presented during a 1990 conference at the University of Toronto..." Lawrence D. Stokes, Canadian Journal of History
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Preface; Introduction Larry Eugene Jones and James Retallack; Part I. Electoral Politics in an Authoritarian Regime: 1. Interpreting Wilhelmine elections: national issues, fairness issues, and electoral mobilization Brett Fairbairn; 2. Antisocialism and electoral politics in regional perspective: the kingdom of Saxony James Retallack; 3. The liberal power monopoly in the cities of imperial Germany Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann; 4. Reichstag elections in the Kaiserreich: the prospects for electoral research in the interdisciplinary context Peter Steinbach; Part II. Gender, Identity, and Political Participation: 5. Women, gender, and the limits of political history in the age of 'mass' politics Eve Rosenhaft; 6. Gender and the culture of work: ideology and identity in the world behind the mill gate, 1890–1914 Kathleen Canning; 7. Serving the Volk, saving the nation: women in the youth movement and the public sphere in Weimar Germany Elizabeth Harvey; 8. Modernization, emancipation, mobilization: Nazi society reconsidered Jill Stephenson; Part III. Local Dimensions of Political Culture: 9. Democracy or reaction? The political implications of localist ideas in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany Celia Applegate; 10. Communist music in the streets: politics and perceptions in Berlin at the end of the Weimar Republic Richard Bodek; 11. Weimar populism and National Socialism in local perspective Peter Fritzsche; 12. Political mobilization and associational life: some thoughts on the National Socialist German Workers' Club Roger Chickering; Part IV. The National Perspective: Continuities and Discontinuities: 13. 1918 and all that: reassessing the periodization of recent German history Stuart T. Robson; 14. Generational conflict and the problem of political mobilization in the Weimar Republic Larry Eugene Jones; 15. The social bases of political cleavages in the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933 Jürgen W. Falter; 16. The formation and dissolution of a German national electorate: from Kaiserreich to Third Reich Richard Bessel; Index.
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