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 Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States - consider this problem from novel and sometimes surprising viewpoints. The history of elections, narrowly conceived, is abandoned in favor of a broader inquiry into the 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 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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Mobilization and Collective Identities in Modern German History 1
Pt. 1 Electoral Politics in an Authoritarian Regime
1 Interpreting Wilhelmine Elections: National Issues, Fairness Issues, and Electoral Mobilization 17
2 Antisocialism and Electoral Politics in Regional Perspective: The Kingdom of Saxony 49
3 The Liberal Power Monopoly in the Cities of Imperial Germany 93
4 Reichstag Elections in the Kaiserreich: The Prospects for Electoral Research in the Interdisciplinary Context 119
Pt. 2 Gender, Identity, and Political Participation
5 Women, Gender, and the Limits of Political History in the Age of "Mass" Politics 149
6 Gender and the Culture of Work: Ideology and Identity in the World Behind the Mill Gate, 1890-1914 175
7 Serving the Volk, Saving the Nation: Women in the Youth Movement and the Public Sphere in Weimar Germany 201
8 Modernization, Emancipation, Mobilization: Nazi Society Reconsidered 223
Pt. 3 Local Dimensions of Political Culture
9 Democracy or Reaction? The Political Implications of Localist Ideas in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany 247
10 Communist Music in the Streets: Politics and Perceptions in Berlin at the End of the Weimar Republic 267
11 Weimar Populism and National Socialism in Local Perspective 287
12 Political Mobilization and Associational Life: Some Thoughts on the National Socialist German Workers' Club (e.V.) 307
Pt. 4 The National Perspective: Continuities and Discontinuities
13 1918 and All That: Reassessing the Periodization of Recent German History 331
14 Generational Conflict and the Problem of Political Mobilization in the Weimar Republic 347
15 The Social Bases of Political Cleavages in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933 371
16 The Formation and Dissolution of a German National Electorate: From Kaiserreich to Third Reich 399
Index 419
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